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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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Her mum Carolyn co-founded Middlesbrough Powerchair football club which enables over 30 physically disabled people from around the Teesside area to part take in a competitive team sport.
Sharlene has been setting the standards for clubs and coaches in disability football through the performances of her team, Newtownabbey-based Trailblazers Powerchair FC, who won the Irish Powerchair Football Cup and the Harmony Cup in what was only their second season together.
Caroline Rose, mum of one of the participants, said: "We've been to a few events in the past and Ella is usually the only student in a powerchair, so to come here today where she can compete against other students on a fair playing field is fantastic.
He plays powerchair football, but to continue at the highest level of the sport he needs a new Strike Force football sports chair, which unfortunately is about PS6,000.
Rascal Insurance Services is a division of Electric Mobility that offers a range of powerchairs and scooters to individuals who rely on Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance, and worker's compensation to cover this equipment.
2: Middlesbrough Powerchair FC: 42,172 tokens; raising PS1,013.
The Club of the Year award went to the Northern Thunder Powerchair Football Club who in 2013 supported 43 individuals with a physical disability to access powerchair football.
WITH the UK's first Powerchair Football Week beginning today, focus will undoubtedly turn to Everton in the Community and their pioneering wheelchair side.
I am very scared," she wrote to me, "that I might just go down to the bottom of my garden and drive my powerchair, with me in it, into my pond.
2 was part of the four-man coaching side who took on Albion Foundation's Champions League-bound powerchair team.