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A Guide To Manual Transport Wheelchairs And Electric Sports Wheelchairs To Compete In Wheelchair Sports

By Milton Hunter

Being handicapped or bedridden is bad enough, even if it will be for a short period of time. However, for anyone recovering from a serious accident, surgery or suffering from a chronic condition, manual and electric wheelchairs can be their only lifeline to the outside world.

In any case, insurance companies normally will help pay for a wheelchair whether it’s an outright purchase or a short term rental. This depends largely on the reason you need the wheelchair. Be aware that for a manual chair, you might be in for a big surprise – you need a lot of upper body strength to get around. People who have used these wheelchairs for years tend to have large muscular upper arms as a result of all this exercise!

Depending on the reason for the wheelchair will depend largely on what type is provided. Typically, an insurance carrier will want to provide only the cheapest possible alternative. Occasionally Social Security will pick up additional payments needed for electric versions if the person collects some type of disability payments.

In order to fully manipulate an electric wheelchair, or tinier models with some trademark names commonly seen on late night infomercials, you do need the use of your hands and the mobility of your arms, to some extent. You also must be totally alert at all times. Some patients suffering from forms of dementia cannot be given the responsibility of using any sort of motorized appliance for safety reasons.

For outside use, there are different models to choose from. A few are “street equipped” with waterproof material, heavy tires, a large battery allowing extensive travel (a few miles) and usually a covered basket to carry things. High end options include a plastic cover.

A few of the motorized chairs can be used sporadically outdoors perhaps in the patio area or maybe as you retrieve you mail or occasionally chat with a neighbor out front, but if you do need to use it as a mode of local transportation, research the appropriate choices before deciding which one is best for you.

Looking for more information on the differences between electric versus manual wheelchairs ? Get the low down now in our comprehensive wheelchair sports section.

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Hunter, Milton "A Guide To Manual Transport Wheelchairs And Electric Sports Wheelchairs To Compete In Wheelchair Sports." A Guide To Manual Transport Wheelchairs And Electric Sports Wheelchairs To Compete In Wheelchair Sports. 7 Oct. 2010. uberarticles.com. 18 Apr 2015 <http://uberarticles.com/health-and-fitness/a-guide-to-manual-transport-wheelchairs-and-electric-sports-wheelchairs-to-compete-in-wheelchair-sports/>.

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Hunter, M (2010, October 7). A Guide To Manual Transport Wheelchairs And Electric Sports Wheelchairs To Compete In Wheelchair Sports. Retrieved April 18, 2015, from http://uberarticles.com/health-and-fitness/a-guide-to-manual-transport-wheelchairs-and-electric-sports-wheelchairs-to-compete-in-wheelchair-sports/

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