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Wheel Chair Review

May 29, 2008
Wheelchairs are large chairs mounted on wheels designed to provide mobility to those who are sick or disabled. Wheelchair technology has come a long way since these devices were first invented, however, they do have limits, so it's always a good idea to be careful when using a wheelchair if you don't want to damage it.

There are several types of wheel chairs. Manual wheelchairs get their mobility from the person sitting in the chair or another person pushing the chair. Manual wheelchairs are best if constructed out of a lightweight material, so that they are easier to push. If you're in the market for a wheelchair, and want to purchase a lighter model, ensure that it's intended for daily use and strong enough to last for several years without breaking or becoming a hazard to the user.

Electric wheelchairs are easier for weaker individuals to control because they are powered by a motor. If you have to be in a wheelchair all the time, or are too ill to continuously push the chair forward with the strength of your own arms, an electric wheelchair is a good solution.

Wheelchairs in general are quite expensive, but electric ones tend to cost even more. You can expect to pay upwards of $3000 for a good electric power chair, depending on the model and company from which you buy. Of course, there are always state-of-the-art models that are very expensive, but for most people a mid-range chair is all that is needed.

There are different types of power chairs intended for different purpose and situations. For example, some electric wheel chairs are only for use indoors, while others can be used indoors and outdoors. Indoor-only wheel chairs may become damaged and cracked if taken outside. Structural damage to an indoor wheelchair can be dangerous, leading to injury for the user.

Another type of wheelchair is a sports wheelchair. Sports wheelchairs are designed specifically so that people who are confined to a wheelchair get to play their favorite sport. These wheel chairs have to be constructed to handle more stress because of how they are utilized. In a competitive context, wheelchairs have to perform, be safe, strong, and have more capabilities for movement. Sports wheelchairs are used in many different sports, such as basketball, so make sure you purchase a wheelchair that's been made specifically for the sport you intend to play.

Sometimes people prefer to purchase mobility scooters instead of a wheelchair, depending on their needs. Mobility scooters are helpful in a variety of situations, and you can usually purchase them at a scooter store.

Most areas have a scooter store selling a wide range of mobility products. If you research the stores in the yellow pages or online you should be able to find a vendor offering reasonable prices for good quality merchandise. Just keep in mind, when buying a wheelchair, search for one that feels comfortable and is easy for you to manage. You'll want something that affords you a good amount of mobility and won't break easily.
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