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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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When asked about the inspiration behind the names Wheelchair Slippers and Wheelchair Socks, Dr Emmer said: "When people who don't use wheelchairs come home, they may change into slippers or socks to avoid bringing outside dirt into the house and damaging floors and carpets.
Wheelchair users wanting to be part of a new advisory group are asked to call Christine at Liverpool Lifehouse on 0151 296 7733 or email: liverpoolwheelchairservice@liverpoolch.
When the Tawaf Bridge is formally opened today all the wheelchairs will be allowed to enter the Mataf Bridge though the Ajyad bridge and exit through the New Qushasha bridge at the Al-Marwa side of the Grand Mosque.
AMNESTY - Alison Ellis, assessment lead for North Tyneside Primary Care Trust's wheelchair service
The new control unit has to be able to provide the disabled person with the same wheelchair control as the original one.
They've lost three of those eight weeknight hours, and their storage space for wheelchairs is gone.
One question specifically asked if the student knew someone in a wheelchair and to identify the relationship to that person.
I'm not a small chap,' said Mr Morris, a former lorry driver who has been in a wheelchair for four years because of multiple sclerosis.
The movement exploration involved in wheelchair dance attracts many different choreographers.
As part of its on-going training program and commitment to invest in its employees and the company, The Aztec Corporation recently gave its staff a glimpse into what it is like to be confined to a wheelchair and perform the everyday functions of working in an office building.
Transfers from wheelchairs--One of the most common types of transfers is that of getting a resident out of the wheelchair and onto a shower chair or lift of some kind.
A Day's Work recently designed and added single instrument holders for wheelchair trays to its line of music therapy products.