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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.

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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It has been decided an electric wheelchair is the way to go, but she can't get funding and needs a special child sized chair because of her size.
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.
To date, many of the electric wheelchair manufacturers have been unwilling to offer the original JoyBar, because it would require an additional investment, not only in training people on how to use new programmers, but also capital costs of subsidizing programmers for their dealers.
sales of electric wheelchairs are relatively low compared to that of manual wheelchairs *, the power segment of the wheelchair industry is extremely vital to the well being of the men, women, and children who rely on them for everyday mobility.
whose shop window was shattered when an elderly woman drove her electric wheelchair through it.
The difference in a six-year-old, orthopedically disabled child in a stroller and that same child in the appropriately fitted manual or electric wheelchair is a miracle.
Seven years after he won two gold medals, one silver, and set a world record at the Beijing Paralympic Games, Welsh cyclist Simon Richardson is unable to leave his home without help and has issued an emotional plea for help to fund an electric wheelchair.
Simon, from Llanmaes, in the Vale of Glamorgan, who received his MBE in 2009 for services to disabled sport, is now offering his services as a motivational speaker to help pay for an PS1,000 electric wheelchair, which he says would help him to "socialise more".
Eight-year-old Casey Thomson doesn't meet NHS criteria for an electric wheelchair.