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Wheelchair Seating: It Can Only Do So Much

Part 1 in our series 24 Hour Positioning: Why Wheelchair Seating Can Only Do So Much by guest author Tamara Kittelson-Aldred, MS, OTR/L, ATP/SMS. As an occupational therapist working in seating and mobility for 30 years, I watched the posture of many clients deteriorate over time despite my endeavors. I used to ask myself what I was missing. Children…

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A thief gave me the world

This week we’re pleased to feature Robbie Vance and his uplifting account of how getting his power wheelchair opened the door to opportunities and helped him recover many parts of his life that facioscapulohumeral (FSH) muscular dystrophy had taken away.  I fought it. The symbol of weakness sat by itself in the guest room where I…

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The importance of Seat-To-Back Angle in Pressure Redistribution

Part 9 in our Wound Care Guide series. See Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 here. Check out our comprehensive, digital Wound Care Guide here. What is seat-to-back angle (STBA) and how does it affect pressure redistribution? STBA is too often misunderstood to be tilt. IT IS NOT tilt but rather the relative angle…

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Why replace the wheelchair’s sling back?

Part 8 in our Wound Care Guide series. See Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 here. Check out our comprehensive, digital Wound Care Guide here. I am going to make a bold statement: for every cushion purchased a back support should be purchased with it. No exceptions. WHAT did she say??? You heard correctly! I…

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Pathway of Wounds: Shear vs Pressure

Part 7 in our Wound Care Guide series. See Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 here. Check out our comprehensive, digital Wound Care Guide here. Sometimes we get really caught up on the pressure aspect of wound development and don’t really consider that wounds can be caused by more than just pressure alone. In fact, there…

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What is an immersion style wheelchair cushion?

Part 6 in our Wound Care Guide series. See Part 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 here. Check out our comprehensive, digital Wound Care Guide here. Immersion is another method of pressure redistribution, neither better nor worse than offloading. Whether it is better or worse depends completely on the patient’s individualized needs and what you as a therapist are…

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Clinical Applications and Justification for Lateral Trunk Supports

In this series, we’re taking a closer look at justification and clinical tips for a few seating and positioning accessories. As I mentioned last week, less is more when it comes to wheelchair positioning. The goal is to select the right model and size wheelchair and select the most appropriate seat cushion and back support…

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Clinical Applications and Justification for Lateral Upper Leg (Thigh) Supports

In this series, we’re taking a closer look at justification and clinical tips for a few seating and positioning accessories. Why are lateral upper leg supports used? As therapists, we often use the principle of “less is more” especially when it comes to seating. We will do our initial evaluation and determine the appropriate wheelchair…

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