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a means of locomotion for non-ambulatory individuals, consisting of a seat on a platform with wheels, which provides comfortable, safe sitting, and a steering mechanism. The disabled person should be evaluated by a physiatrist, physical therapist, or occupational therapist with the assistance of an equipment specialist in order to choose the right type of wheelchair. Different types have been designed for patients with quadriplegia, hemiplegia, paraplegia, and amputations; there are also specialized wheelchairs designed for sports, such as basketball, tennis, long distance running, and sprints.


(wēl′châr′, hwēl′-)
A chair mounted on large wheels, used primarily by people who cannot walk or have difficulty walking.

wheelchair (wc)

a mobile chair equipped with large wheels and brakes. If long-term use of the chair is expected, a physical therapist may prescribe certain personalized requirements, such as size, left- or right-hand propulsion, type of brakes, height of armrests, and special seat pads.


n a mobile chair equipped with large wheels and brakes used to transport patients or to allow disabled persons to move themselves from one place to another. Federal law requires handicapped access to public buildings with ramps, doors, elevators, restrooms, and drinking fountains designed and constructed to allow patients in wheelchairs proper access.
wheelchair transfer,
n the techniques for assisting a wheelchair-bound patient from the wheelchair to the dental chair.

Patient discussion about wheelchair

Q. My friend has Progressive MS, he is bound to a wheelchair, Prognosis? How can I help? He must be moved by a Hoyer Lift, he has caregivers. He has a beautiful voice and does have enough ability to move in his chair around local community. He has some bad days with spacicity, I want to help but am unsure as to how? He is 60? or so and lives on his own, he has had MS for many years and a number of complications, such as pneumonia and decubitus. Please help me to help him!

A. There are a number of ideas and resources for social and recreational activities (i.e. wheelchair sports, dancing, travel, aviation, etc.) that may be helpful, which can be found at www.mobility-advisor.com.

Q. Do you want to end because of a vaccination in a wheel chair? It is already about 12 years ago. I met a mother with her kids. One came always in a wheel chair to the services. His terrible story is still in my mind. It could be shown, that because of a vaccination he got the cytomegalovirus infection (CMV) and then spastic paralysis.

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Unfortunately, Tasha is not eligible for an electric wheelchair on the NHS and must now raise PS1,500 for the motorised chair and hoist which will help her get the equipment into her car.
The current global electric wheelchair market is dominated by North America region however in the recent future developing economies such as China, India and Brazil are expected to drive the demand for electric wheelchairs.
She bought a PS2,000 electric wheelchair for her husband Ron, 83, but he died in August last year after an operation without ever having used the chair.
Simon said he needs an electric wheelchair because doctors have ordered him not to risk further injury by propelling a normal wheelchair around.
The whistleblowers alleged that Orbit sales representatives, under the direction of one of Orbit's top executives, Jake Kilgore, forged medical records so that Orbit could obtain payment from Medicare for electric wheelchairs.
I did have an idea I am willing to do a talk for anyone in return for a good portable electric wheelchair if that's any good please.
com if you would like to sponsor or contribute to his electric wheelchair.
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Mr Petkovic was trying to raise PS1,500 for an electric wheelchair he said he needed to help get his life back on track and stop his partner needing to wheel him around.
THE arm rests and foot plates of my electric wheelchair were taken from my driveway recently, having been left there while a friend carried the rest of the chair into the house.
A NURSING home resident hit and killed another pensioner as she rode an electric wheelchair at just four miles an hour.
She has complained she has been ignored when hailing a cab from her electric wheelchair.