Main Conditions Underlying Disabilities in 2009

main Conditions Underlying Disability 2009When having a disability was defined as:
  • having an activity limitation or
  • using special equipment because of a health problem

Over one-half of respondents reported musculoskeletal conditions (back or neck problems, arthritis, fractures or bone/joint injuries, walking problems, lower extremity or knee problems) as their main disabling condition.

Less than 5% reported that a mental health problem or learning disability was the main condition underlying their disability.

However, when asked to classify themselves as having a disability or not, only one-third of persons who classified themselves as having a disability reported musculoskeletal conditions as their main cause of disability. Fifteen percent reported a mental health problem or learning disability as their underlying disabling condition.

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