Define impairment disability and handicap

• Impairment is defined as a loss or abnormality of psychological, physical, or anatomic structure or function as determined by medical means. Assessment of impairment is a purely medical determination of deviation from normal health (i.e. weakness of a limb secondary to cervical myelopathy)

• Disability is a restriction or inability (resulting from impairment) to perform an activity (i.e. difficulty walking secondary to limb weakness)

• Handicap is an inability (resulting from impairment and disability) for a given individual to perform his or her usual interaction with the environment on an appropriate physical, psychological, social, and age level (e.g. inability to climb stairs secondary to limb weakness). A handicap may be overcome by compensating in some way for the impairment (i.e. use of an orthosis or assistive device)

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