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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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Schoendorfer was inspired to begin Free Wheelchair Mission after a trip to Morocco, where he witnessed the plight of a woman struggling to drag herself across a busy thoroughfare.
He's also an expert in making, repairing and handling wheelchairs.
A study out of Taiwan cautioned that the forces between the body, backrest and range of motions and forces at the knees and feet during the sit-to-stand operation in a standing wheelchair may put certain people at risk of injury.
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.
Exports started as a result of the founder of Greencare, Colin Scarsi, identifying the need to provide wheelchairs to Libyan casualties during last year's conflict.
There are many variables that come into play when selecting DC motors for wheelchair applications.
in January will begin renting out wheelchairs made primarily of bamboo, which are designed to help users go through airports' metal detectors without triggering an alarm.
We are appealing for people to bring back wheelchairs they no longer use, which will boost our stocks and help to ensure we have wheelchairs for future use.
Via this computer a disabled driver can monitor and control the wheelchair loading from the driver's position.
Some of the guys don't have room to travel with both of them, so they kept their sports chairs in storage spaces the park provided us,'' said Mike DeYoung, captain of the Knights wheelchair rugby team.
Specifically, this study evaluated the attitudinal responses of Mexican-American children between the ages of eight and 12 years towards a photograph of a 10-year-old girl in a wheelchair and a 10-year-old girl sitting in a kitchen chair.
A disabled man who weighs 17 stone says he is not allowed on his hi-tech disabled-friendly local bus - because his wheelchair is too big.