Not all disabilities are preventable, yet there are those whose incidence may be greatly reduced. Our attention is focussed specifically on those conditions that have the largest incidence in our service area.
Primary prevention reduces the incidence of disabilities by preventing risk factors which cause impairment. Success of these interventions eliminate any possibility that disability will occur.
Secondary prevention targets an existing risk factor and removes or reduces it. Prevention efforts are aimed at an identified group of people who either show symptoms of a disabling condition or are considered to be “high risk” for the development of such a condition, where the impairment may be reduced rather than prevented.
Correct healthcare practices for a wheelchair user prevents pressure sores, while correct seating prevents contractures, spinal curvature and respiratory issues, no matter the cause of the impairment.