Child Wheelchairs and Osteogenesis Imperfecta

Osteogenesis imperfecta, also known as OI or brittle bone disease, is a group of genetic disorders that mainly affect the bones. The term “osteogenesis imperfecta” means imperfect bone formation and is caused by an abnormality in the gene that produces Type 1 collagen, a protein used to create bone. Individuals with OI have bones that break easily, often from mild trauma or with no apparent cause. Symptoms can vary depending on severity and type of OI. Some include bone deformities, multiple broken bones, loose joints and weak teeth. Type 1 osteogenesis imperfecta is the most common form.

If your child has been diagnosed with osteogenesis imperfecta, Quantum® child wheelchairs can help improve his or her mobility and independence. Depending on the severity of your child’s condition, it is possible that he or she can be fitted for a complex rehab motorized wheelchair that is customized to meet his or her specific needs. The Edge 3 Stretto™ child wheelchair is compatible with a wide array of power seating, positioning and drive controls.

The Edge 3 Stretto child wheelchair is available with iLevel® power adjustable seat height, allowing your child to drive at 3.5 mph while elevated 12 inches so he or she can complete Mobility Related Activities of Daily Living (MRADLs), such as reaching, transferring, toileting, grooming and cooking. The Edge 3 Stretto child wheelchair also comes standard with LED front and rear fender lights, allowing children to see and be safely seen while crossing streets or parking lots.

Depending on the severity of your child’s condition, he or she may require power positioning on his or her motorized child wheelchair to help maintain proper positioning, comfort, skin integrity and function. TRU-Balance® 3 Power Positioning Systems on motorized wheelchairs offer a wide range of options, including power tilt, power recline, power tilt and recline, power articulating leg rests, power articulating foot platform and iLevel. TRU-Balance 3 not only provides style and comfort, but it also maximizes functional independence.

Depending on the osteogenesis imperfecta type, your child may require expandable electronics on his or her child wheelchair. Q-Logic 3 Advanced Drive Controls allow your child to operate a motorized child wheelchair using a joystick. Standard with Bluetooth®, Q-Logic 3 allows your child to operate his or her smart phone or tablet using the Q-Logic 3 screen. Q-Logic 3 can also be customized to include alternative drive controls such as a chin control, head array or switched driving.

Children with osteogenesis imperfecta may benefit from Stealth Products® wheelchair cushions. Each child wheelchair cushion offers a different function, such as general use and skin protection and positioning. Learn more about pediatric wheelchair cushions for your child.

If you are looking to purchase a pediatric wheelchair, check out our resources on how to buy a child wheelchair and where to buy a child wheelchair.


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