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What is the Meaning of Locomotor Disability?

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Samyak Lalit
Samyak Lalit | May 28, 2018 (Last update: September 4, 2023)

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Many people feel confused about what is Locomotor Disability. We often come across this term but it doesn’t ring a bell. Today we are going to explain this term in simple language.

Locomotor Disability means restriction in the movement of the limbs (i.e. arms and legs).

Strictly speaking Locomotor Disability means problem in moving from one place to another — i.e. disability in legs. But, in general, it is taken as a disability related with bones, joints and muscles. It causes problems in person’s movements (like walking, picking or holding things in hand etc.)

The term Locomotor is derived from the Latin words loco – “from a place” and motivus – “causing motion”. So locomotion means movement from one place to another.

Read about Locomotor Disability in Hindi Language

And thus locomotor disability hampers movement from one place to another.

Locomotor disability is also known as mobility disability. In Hindi language it could be understood as “chalne firne mein asamarthata” or “chalan-sambandhi viklangta” or “asthi viklangta“.

Examples and Causes of Locomotor Disability

A number of medical conditions cause temporary or permanent locomotor disability. The most well-known example is polio. We all have seen how polio forces people to walk with crutches and use wheelchair. This is because polio usually weakens limb muscles and as a result the affected person will not be able to make unrestricted use of her legs and arms. Other cause of locomotor disability are:

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Evaluation of Locomotor Disability

Functional impairment is measured for the estimation of locomotor disability.

Impairment is defined as any loss or abnormality of psychological, physiological or anatomical structure or function in a human being.

Impairment may cause functional limitations which are partial or total inability to perform these activities necessary for motor, sensory or mental function with in the range or manner of which a human being is normally capable.

We hope that now you know what exactly is locomotor disability. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate in asking. Use the comments section for your feedback. Thank you for connecting with WeCapable!

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59 responses to “What is the Meaning of Locomotor Disability?”

  1. Avatar SARITA KEYAL says:

    Me Name Sarita keyal is a locomotor disable i have a
    Cancession certificat issued by M R BHANGUR HOSPITAL
    under the rule no:-101,Seial No.25 1 want a photo I CARD
    To get the railway concession under handicap quata .

    • Avatar Ajay Yadav says:

      you can apply from the same hospital for the railway concession certificate. they will give you a certificate for the concession. And then it will be submitted at your area railway DRM office for the online ticketing physically handicapped card. which will be used for the reservation online at IRCTC web site.
      Thank You

      • Avatar shivaji yalpalwad says:

        what about flight cocessions

        • Avatar Srinivas says:

          its applicable disability 80% and above under condition

          • Avatar Rupinder singh says:

            I am Rupinder singh From VPO. Bassi Gujjran, TEhsil Sri Chamkaur Sahib, District Ropar (Pb) India. I am 70% Disable person and I have a disability Certificate which issued by Civil Surgen, Rupnagar. I want to travel to Sri Patna Sahib (Bihar). Due to my Disability please give me concession to travel by Air to Sri Patna Sahib .I am very thankfull to you.

        • Avatar ganesh k says:

          Hello sir/ mam

          This is ganesh from bangalore im pwd person by poli attacked while 5 month baby
          i use wheel chair to mobile and 3 wheeler scooter outside, done 2nd puc,
          in sheshadripuram pre university ,and have 5 year work experience in bpo, recently
          completly EDP courses in RUDSET EDP TRAINING INSTITUTION , now im ready
          take a ahead step forward with self confidence in my life as as new entrepreneur , with a good
          budiness plan , im not much financially strong now and i too have fair cibil score with 755 , please help with the loan amount,
          i need guide how to apply loan or where i can come and meet, with proper documents in office
          i come with my project report, please help me sir
          regard- GANESH K

    • Avatar Rajesh Waghmare says:

      I am suffering from osteomyelitis of femur bone since from last 20 yrs will I get the disability certificate

  2. Avatar Vivian says:

    Dear Sir,
    I have no ACL in my knee. I had operated it in 2012 but it broke again and on MRI we realized that I dont have an ACL. Even if i get it operated it would still be a very difficult situation for me. Can this be called as a locomotor disability.

  3. Avatar KS Bhandari says:

    I am suffering from Parkinson disease for the last 12 years and find great difficulty in moving around and performing my daily work. I am dependent on helper/ family members.Does this condition falls under the category of Loco Motor Disability?If so, am I eligible for tax rebate u/s 80U?

  4. Avatar Naresh says:

    Hi Sir,
    My brother in-law is suffering from Muscular dystrophy from past 5 years and he is not able to walk or climb with out help,can we get
    loco motor disable Concession certificate for him.Please suggest

  5. Avatar Sameer says:

    Hi, I have six finger in my left hand and both the legs. my extra finger is completely dependence on last due to attached bones, do I qualify for locomotor disability? need a opinion.

  6. Avatar Diya Biswas says:

    My son, age 27yrs, met with an accident & have a nerve impairment on his right foot as a result of which he has a condition called foot drop and has to wear a leg support to walk. According to the doctor it is a permanent nerve damage as he has a severed nerve. My query is that are accidental handicaps considered as handicaps? Can he be eligible for UDID card?

    • Lalit Kumar Lalit Kumar says:

      Yes, disabilities caused due to accidents are also considered for a disability certificate / UDID Card. You should see a doctor in a nearby government hospital to know the process of disability evaluation.

  7. Avatar Pradeep Kumar says:

    Hello Sir,
    I want to know that I am physically handicapped with 53%.
    In an accident my right leg knee got permanently damaged, and i’m unable to bend my knee.
    So, my question is, whether this type of disability covered in locomotor disability?

  8. Avatar Rashid says:

    Do mentally challenged / dis-able persons get concession in Air tickets? How do we apply?

  9. Avatar Kuldeep Malviya says:

    hi , i had brain stroke in dec 2013 , applied udid card in april 2019 online , now what to do in mumbai , pls suggest

  10. Avatar PREMA SONATUN says:


  11. Avatar jagdish kamboj says:

    My jagdish kamboj, age 45yrs, met with an accident & have a nerve impairment on his right foot as a result of which he has a condition called foot drop and has to wear a leg support to walk. According to the doctor it is a permanent nerve damage as he has a severed nerve. My query is that are accidental handicaps considered as handicaps? Can he be eligible for UDID card?

  12. Avatar Shakil Ansari says:

    Respected Sir,I am physically handicapped person my right leg is amputated below knew and using artificial leg may i entitled for concession in air india.

    • Avatar JAGADISH DEKA says:

      I applied for UDID Card in the month of September 2020 but for last one month the status of the application is showing verified.
      Therefore I would like to request you to let me know what to do to procure my card.

      With Regards
      Jagadish Deka

  13. Avatar Shakil Ansari says:

    Sir i am handicapped person my right leg is amputed below knee and using artificial leg in this position i am entitled for concession in air india.

  14. Avatar Herminder Singh says:

    80+aged man…. recently suffered cerebral ischemic stroke…complete movement is restricted due to constant trembling/shaking both hands, consequently unable to carry any object and walk up or down staircase without query is under which category disability will be classified.

  15. Avatar dhanunjai says:

    i have femur fracture long back with internal fixation it caused to muscle weakness,it will comes under loco motor disability.

    • Avatar Dipsonchawhan says:

      Sir I have 40% locomater disibility I have not any job but I try Indian army 5times I unfit medical because my left foot fingers join …
      I am very up said in my life
      Plz help me

  16. Avatar Manoj SHINDE says:

    My right leg is NOT ABLE to bend beyond 90 degree voluntarily, it locks at 90 degree. I am ABLE to walk and run moderately. but while sprinting it can be seen that my right leg is being dragged behind so i cant reach my full potential speed. doctors advised not to have a surgery since surgery gives no guarantee of its post op recovery of strength and stability. so i cant join indian army or apply for any other physical movement oriented job.
    Am i eligible for obtaining disability certificate for loco-motor disability so that i can apply for other goverment jobs.

  17. Avatar RUPESH GAIKWAD says:

    Hello sir ,
    I suffered from venous thrombosis in right fronto parital lobe due to which my left hand got affected but after medication my blot clot in right half of brain got cured i think but my hand isn’t working as it was earlier i feel sometime numbness in hand sometimes there is also pain in it too, i took medication for 4 year but i have to cut it due to financial problems
    is it locomotor disability
    i cant do much work with m left hand please reply

    i am looking forward to your reply

  18. Avatar Mohit says:

    My brother got injured in an accident and he lost his left hand below knee level. Amputation was carried out 1-2″ above wrist level. Is he eligible for disability certificate?

    • Avatar Mohit says:

      My brother got injured in an accident and he lost his left hand below elbow level. Amputation was carried out 1-2″ above wrist level. Is he eligible for disability certificate?

  19. Avatar shik Alim says:

    sir heart mitral valve replacement candidates are eligible to apply disability certificate

  20. Avatar Mrs. RAJULA NARENDRA PARMAR says:

    My husband is hemiplegia patient he got brain stroke in 2016, due to this his both sides got paralized. After brain angioplasty his ryt side started to work, but left side there is no movement in hand as well as leg even after physiotherapy. His neurologist told it is non progressive. he can only move in the house with d support of wall. i want to apply for handicapped certificate and also for handicapped stall. kindly guide me.

  21. Avatar Priyanka Mishra says:

    Sir i am a locomotor disabled lady. I have a PH certificate issued by CMO patna in 2000.This year I applied for UDID card. When I tracked its status I found that it as not certified. Reason given there that the validity of certificate is only 10 years. But it is not written any where in my certificate. Please tell me the process of renewing the certificate and getting UDID CARD.

  22. Avatar Satyajay Mandal says:

    I studied for my HS level exam in NIOS nearly three-four years ago where my counsellor provided a disability certificate for me which stated that I had locomotor disability, then can you tell people what I am allowed to do and what I am restricted from doing as a result of that

  23. Hello Sir, I met with an accident & have a nerve impairment in my left lower leg and foot. As a result I have foot drop and has to wear a leg support to walk. I am also certified from Civil Surgeon. I want to apply for job. So i just want to know that under which category should i apply for ? Because disability category is not mentioned over there on my PwD Cerificate.

  24. Avatar AARZOO ABIDI says:

    Kyphoscoliosis and chest deformity is which type of disability???

  25. Avatar JAGDISH SINGH says:


  26. Avatar Sunil Kumar Pandey says:


    My right hand is permanently effected with polio and I Can’t do the work from it. before 20 years, District hospital issued me a certificate with 75% disability.

    In present situation, in which category of disability will apply on me and can I Use the benefits of Pwd


    Sunil Kumar Pandey

  27. Avatar SANTOSH SHAKYA says:

    sir mai right hand figures se handicapped ho mai kis disability category mai aauga

  28. Avatar sourabh sharma says:

    I have a flat footed problem can i apply for locomotive pwd certificate .

  29. Avatar Vikas Kumar says:

    I’ve got walking problems due to spina bifida and diastematomyelia. Will I get the disability certificate and what would be its percentage?

  30. Avatar Raju says:

    Hi sir, my one of the leg is 5cm smaller than the other and it has also 4finger. Due to this i have walking problem and also back pain, i could not walk properly. Am i eligible for pwd certificate?
    What category does i am from?
    What are approximately % will i get?

  31. Avatar Harsh Goyal says:

    Kyphoscoliosis is which type of disability under locomotor disability?

  32. Avatar RAJENDRA S says:

    I don’t have 3rd toe in my left leg. Can I get Handicapped Certificate? Please tell me.

  33. Avatar Anu says:

    My cousin lost half of his hand in an accident. Will he be able to get 40% disability certificate?

  34. Avatar Justin says:

    Can i apply for disability certificate, in case of disability due to Congenital issues.. like Ehler Danlos Syndrome which affects the fingers, knee etc. Collagen issues and subsequent ligament tear, loose joints which dislocate frequently.. Ligament reconstruction done already but its still its unstable due to underlying collagen issue

  35. Avatar Dipesh Ranjan Kar says:

    Paraparesis is covered under which form of Disability under Rights of Persons with Disability Act 2016? Will a Disability Certificate issued from a State Government Hospital to an adult son of a deceased Railway employee be considered for extending Family Pension? Reply requested.

  36. Avatar Priyanka says:

    Would clubfoot, a congenital defect, come under the purview of locomotor disability?
    Kindly guide.


  37. Avatar Moinul hoque says:

    I’m a locomotor disable person with 80% disability. I want to go from one place to another using a flight. Do I get concession for my escort in flight.

  38. Avatar Ashutosh says:

    Sir I met with an accident in which my TIBIA and FIBULA both got broken and are fixed through internal fixation (plates).
    And now I can walk but not so fast that I can cross any road and my ankle also not moves properly like in turning and moving.
    So I just want to know is this comes under locomotor disability or not .

  39. Avatar Hrishabh Kumar says:

    Hello guys, this is Hrishabh Kumar I am a Locomotor disable but the thing is I don’t know that which category in Locomotor I will fall under(means don’t have clue that whether i am affected one arm or both arm or one leg,or both leg,or one arm and leg). But there is remark in my handicapped certificate given by CMO that”Multiple osteochondrama in multiple joints” and i don’t even know that what does that mean. If anyone have any idea about this then its a request do let me know, I shall be obliged for this.
    Thank you

    • Lalit Kumar Lalit Kumar says:

      I think you’re the best judge of your situation. If you think you have functional issues in both arms belong to the BA category, and likewise. Although doctor should have been more specific, apparently it is too much to ask from them. So, you should rely on your judgement. Doctor’s general observation of “multiple joints” can be applied any number of joint.

  40. Avatar SUJOY DUTTA says:

    Sir, I am suffering from Multiple Myeloma since September 2019, and required to be Analogous Bone Marrow transplant. My question is whether a Multiple Myeloma patient is eligible for locomotor disability certificate?

  41. Avatar David Paul.K says:

    1/3rd of My left hand thumb was amputated. Please clarify under which disability this will reflect. Thank you

  42. Avatar Abhijeet Kumar says:

    Hello sir, I am 27 years old and I am suffering from Ankylosing Spondylitis and I had done THR of both hip joints one in 2017 and other in 2020, Am I eligible to get 40% or above disability certificate?

  43. Avatar H Y GANESH says:

    Hello sir, I lost fingers in both my hands due to fire (severe burn). Am I eligible for disability certificate?

  44. Avatar TAMIL says:

    My friend also had proximal humerus surgery due to road accident. After two years he could not move his hands properly due to stiffness of the shoulder joint. Is he is eligible for PHC under disability of post traumatic sequelae limbs?

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