What Is a Customized Wheelchair Prescription?
A wheelchair prescription is given to people by a doctor who must first assess a patient’s ability to walk and move before he or she provides a wheelchair prescription. There are many types of wheelchairs: manual wheelchairs are pushed or operated solely by the arms of the user, and power wheelchairs can be operated electronically. The doctor will determine which best fits the needs of the patient.
Who Benefits from a Customized Wheelchair Prescription?
Patients with temporary or permanent disabilities can benefit from a wheelchair prescription.
For instance, paraplegic experiences no feeling in their legs and may require a wheelchair for the rest of their life. A person with broken bones may need a wheelchair prescription until the injuries have healed.
Wheelchair prescriptions are based on individual needs, and several factors are considered.
People with the following conditions may benefit from a wheelchair prescription:
- musculoskeletal issues
- neurological issues
- balance or gait problems
- inability to walk for long distances