Nursing Diagnosis For Impaired Mobility

If you have impaired mobility, it can be difficult to complete tasks that are everyday. This can cause anxiety and fear, as well as lead to an increased risk of injury. Below is a list of nursing diagnoses that may apply to someone with impaired mobility:

Nursing Diagnosis For Impaired Mobility

1. Impaired physical mobility

Impaired physical mobility is a nursing diagnosis used to describe the inability to propel, shift, or reposition the body. Physical mobility requires an individual to be capable of moving their body in at least one dimension (up/down, forward/backward, left/right).

Physical mobility can be affected by pain; fatigue; weakness; disease or injury; aging processes; and environmental factors such as heat or cold.

2. Risk for injury

Risk for injury

Risk of falls

Risk of pressure ulcers

Risk of skin breakdown

Risk of decubitus ulcers (bed sores)

3. Knowledge deficit

This nursing diagnosis may be used when a patient is unable to move around as easily as they could before. This can be caused by a disease or condition, such as arthritis or nerve damage in the feet and legs.

If this situation applies to you, contact your doctor right away. You may need further evaluation and treatment if the mobility impairment is related to an underlying condition that can be treated with physical therapy (PT), medication, surgery or other interventions.

You may also need a mobility assessment test called “gait analysis” because it will help your doctor determine whether there are changes in how you walk due to impaired mobility

4. Anxiety

Anxiety is a normal reaction to a stressful situation. It’s a feeling of fear and uneasiness that can take hold at any time and may result in an array of physical symptoms, including increased heart rate, elevated blood pressure, and nausea. Anxiety is also associated with an impaired immune system and difficulty sleeping.

Anxiety disorders are more than just occasional worries or fears: they’re extreme reactions to ordinary events that can severely impact your daily life over a period of months or years. The most common types include generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), social phobia (social anxiety disorder), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), acute stress disorder, simple phobias—such as fear of animals—and school phobia (separation anxiety).

5. Fear

The following are examples of fear:

  • Fear of falling.
  • Fear of new situations.
  • Fear of being alone.
  • Fear of not being able to get around or do things.
  • Fear that you will be dependent on others for care.

6. Acute pain

Pain is a symptom of a medical condition. It can be acute or chronic, depending on how long it lasts and how intense it is. Acute pain is sudden and intense; it usually comes from an injury or illness, such as breaking a bone or getting the flu. Chronic pain lasts for a long time; some types of chronic pain are caused by an injury or illness (such as arthritis), while others are caused by diseases like cancer or diabetes that affect other organs in the body.

7. If you have impaired mobility you may want to discuss these topics with your doctor

  • Planning your transportation: Your doctor’s office should have a list of local transportation options in case you are unable to drive. If you do not have access to a car or other form of transportation, ask if there is a shuttle service available for patients.
  • Pain management: If you are in pain, discuss pain management options with your doctor and determine which type works best for you. You may want to ask about medications such as acetaminophen or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). You can also talk about how much sleep does it take for your body to recover from the pain caused by this condition? If none of these methods work then consider using alternative therapies such as acupuncture or massage therapy.
  • Hospitalization: In some cases, an overnight hospital stay may be necessary while undergoing treatment plan developed by medical professionals based on patient condition severity and needs assessment results time frame needed before recovery begins depends on severity level


We hope this article has helped you understand some of the common nursing diagnoses that can be associated with impaired mobility. If you have any questions about any of these issues, or would like to learn more about how we can help with home health care in your area, please contact us today!

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