Consequences of HMD

The general public, and even those with hidden mobility disabilities (HMD), may view the consequences of having to walk too far or stand too long as relatively trivial or benign. Data from the Survey on Hidden Mobility Disabilities, however, confirm that there can be serious health consequences. Here are the percentages of people with HMD who report the following consequences if they walk beyond what is comfortable for them:

  • 76%    Increased joint pain
  • 52%    Walk more slowly until almost not moving
  • 45%    Increased difficulty breathing
  • 42%    Have trouble walking at all the next day
  • 39%    Begin to stagger and lose balance
  • 31%    Become immobilized by pain
  • 27%    Increased muscle spasms

While some people with HMD can control joint pain with anti-inflammatory medication, 21% of those taking the Survey report that, for medical reasons, they cannot take anti-inflammatory medication.