Wheelchairs are Orthoses

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


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