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Factors Increasing Limitation

Factors Decreasing Limitation

Inability to button shirts

Functional limitation

Smaller buttons or buttonholes; less time to complete the task

Larger buttons or buttonholes; substitute Velcro for buttons; more time to complete the task

Inability to put on shoes

Functional limitation

Thick socks; laces on shoes; less time to complete task

Thinner socks; slip-on or Velcro shoes; use of shoehorn; more time to complete task

Wrist edema/swelling


Repetitive injury conditions; restrictive clothing/jewelry

Wraps; hand position; use of thermal agents

Frequent spillage when attempting to cook

Functional limitation

Heavy utensils/pots; upper extremity weakness; visual impairments; height of work surface; inadequate balance

Lighter or smaller utensils/pots; upper extremity strength; visual accommodation; decrease height of work surface; sit while preparing food

Inability to attend church

Participation restriction

Deconditioning; lack of transportation; poor building access; fear of falling

Improved strength and endurance; transportation; alternate access to building; improved balance and use of adaptive equipment

Weak grasp


Weight of objects to lift/manipulate; less time to perform task or number of repetitions required in task

Strengthen hand; reduce weight of items to be lifted; break tasks into smaller parts; use adaptive equipment to assist


Example 1:

Inputs: Children with cerebral palsy

Processes: Functional physical therapy and therapy were based on the principle of normalization of the quality of movement

Outputs: Motor abilities

Example 2:

Inputs: Two groups of patients who had hemiplegia secondary to stroke

Processes: Balance and mobility retraining by physical therapy with and without the addition of NeuroCom Balance Master

Outputs: Berg Balance Scale and the Timed Up & Go test measures

Example 3:

Inputs: Individuals with COPD

Processes: Pulmonary rehabilitation program

Outputs: Changes in QOL


Question 1. What are the levels of patient satisfaction following 2 and 4 weeks of intervention by patients with acute plantar fasciitis? Depending on who is asking the question, this can be an outcome measure for either the individual provider who wants feedback from patients or the management of a setting who wants to know about the satisfaction levels of all patients in that sample group, regardless of clinician assignment.

Question 2. What interventions are utilized by early intervention therapists for infants with torticollis during the first 3 weeks of home visits? A frequency count will provide a broad description of what services are provided. As more than one therapist is included in ...

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