Wheelchairs are Orthoses
- Much like an orthotic (brace) for a joint or an extremity, a wheelchair is an which supports and corrects deformities to maximize function
- Patients with significant losses of neuromuscular control can use a wheelchair as a means of maintaining body support in upright functional postions.
- Thus, wheelchairs should be as light weight as possible and be comfortable (functional and aesthetic) for the user.
- Maximal functional capacity depends on a thorough wheelchair assessment and prescription process; proper wheelchair fit is important.
- Seat cushions vary depending on the patient's condition: incontinence, memory, sensation, and finances will impact decision-making for wheelchair cushions