Wheelchair and brace fittings

A properly fitted wheelchair provides comfortable seating and good back support, improving posture and ultimately optimizing function. It has been estimated that 80-90% of individuals are not properly fitted in their current wheelchair as their bodies and needs change over time. A wheelchair that does not fit properly may lead to pressure ulcers, poor posture, reduced balance, difficulty propelling the wheelchair, and difficulty with transfers. The ideal sitting position for most people in a wheelchair follows the 90-90-90 rule;

90° bend in the hips
90° bend in the knees
90° bend in the ankle (https://www.physio-pedia.com/Wheelchair_Fitting)

When wearing a knee brace, it is important that it is fitted properly. A brace that is too loose will slide down your leg. This brace will not provide adequate support for your knee, and it could potentially create a tripping hazard if it slides down too low.

A brace that is too tight may also create problems for you. When your brace is too tight, it may cut off circulation to your leg or it may pinch nerves in your leg. This could lead to discoloration, swelling, or numbness and tingling in your leg. (https://www.verywellhealth.com/how-to-properly-fit-a-knee-brace-2696281)

Come see us today to get a proper fitting for your wheelchair or brace. It will save you pain and expense in the future if you don't do this right the first time.

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