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Why Weight Matters in Manual Wheelchair and Component Selection
Wheelchair manufacturers often promote having the lightest wheelchairs made of the lightest materials. Does this matter? And, if so, how much? Understanding the benefits of a lighter manual wheelchair is important for the client and anyone involved in the prescription of manual wheelchairs. The decisions made when ordering and configuring a wheelchair will impact the weight and can have a significant effect on the client’s function, independence and safety.
Center of Gravity - What Does It Really Mean?
In the scope of manual wheelchair prescription and wheelchair skills training, you often hear clinicians and end-users referring to center of gravity (COG) or rear wheel adjustment. What does center of gravity really refer to and how does it impact the function of a manual wheelchair? In this program, we will review evidence related to COG selection, adjustment, and optimal manual wheelchair performance, and discuss the clinical significance in optimizing functional performance.
Maximizing Manual Wheelchair Propulsion Efficiency
Considering the energy required for a client to propel a manual wheelchair every day, and the resulting forces that impact the health of the upper extremity, it is imperative to consider the importance of manual wheelchair propulsion efficiency. An individual who can propel efficiently throughout the day will have a greater potential to reach further distances while maintaining a higher level of energy and function. But what changes in the treatment plan must clinicians consider to help maximize their client’s propulsion efficiency?
Measurements for Manual Wheelchairs: Details Make a Big Difference
The manual wheelchair assessment and set-up is individual to the client and is therefore a complex and intricate process. Decisions made during this process can be the difference between client satisfaction and equipment abandonment. The results can have an effect on the users’ health, level of independence and overall quality of life. This highly skilled process involves formal and informal assessments and the knowledge gathered adapted to complete the manual wheelchair order-form. This requires practitioners to make clinical judgments which impact client outcomes.
K0005 Funding: Ensuring Appropriate Access to Equipment
For a client, funding can be the element of a manual wheelchair prescription which can stand between unwanted dependency and maximizing independence. For a therapist, the balance between determining payment for complex rehab equipment and recommending the most appropriate equipment can be a difficult and frustrating part of the process when it is not fully understood. Knowing the wheelchair funding programs, as well as having strategies for success, can make this this step easier for the therapist, resulting in a smooth process and improved outcomes for the client.
Changes with Age – Giving You the Justification for Custom Manual Wheelchairs for the Geriatric Client - new for 2020
The geriatric client can be easily overlooked as one who could benefit from a custom fitting, ultralightweight, adjustable manual wheelchair. They are too often provided the “basic” wheelchair without much thought on the part of the clinician because it requires little to no work to justify. This presentation will review how the normal aging process causes losses in strength and muscle mass, decreased range of motion, and postural changes. Discussions will revolve around how these normal aging decreases can be intensified by disease processes that necessitate wheelchair utilization.
Anatomy of a Wheelchair: Clinical Implications – new for 2020
When selecting an appropriate manual wheelchair, we often focus on the features and benefits of the selected product; or default to the familiar. However, we may be doing our client’s a disservice by not considering the form and function of the wheelchair.
University of Pittsburgh
Department of Rehabilitation Science & Technology
The University of Pittsburgh, Department of Rehabilitation Science & Technology (RSTCE) is certifying the educational contact hours of these programs and by doing so is in no way endorsing any specific content, company or product. The information presented in these programs may represent only a sample of appropriate interventions. Each person should claim only the hours of credit that they actually spent in the educational activity.