Quadriplegia is partial or total paralysis or loss of use of all four limbs and the torso caused by an illness or injury. Typically, both sensation and control are lost. Muscles may be flaccid or spastic.
Individuals living with quadriplegia can use a narrow wheelchair to help maximize independence and mobility. The Edge 3 Stretto™ narrow wheelchair is compatible with many options for power positioning, drive controls and power seating.
Optional iLevel® power adjustable seat height is available with the Edge 3 Stretto and allows the user to elevate 12 inches while driving at 3.5 mph. iLevel’s Extra Stability Technology® greatly improves daily functionality and quality of life for quadriplegics, enabling them to complete Mobility Related Activities of Daily Living (MRADLs), such as cooking, grooming, reaching and transferring. The Edge 3 Stretto power wheelchair also comes standard with safety features, such as the LED front and rear fender lights. LED lights give you or your loved one increased visibility in low lighted areas and be safely seen while crossing streets or parking lots.
Some quadriplegics may have minimal use of their hands and may benefit from Q-Logic 3 Advanced Drive Controls, an adaptable, expandable controller system that maximizes user independence. Standard with Bluetooth®, individuals living with quadriplegia can operate their smart phone or tablet using their Q-Logic 3 screen. With the Q-Logic 3 EX Enhanced Display, quadriplegia patients can also operate a wide range of appliances that use infrared (IR) remote controls using their power wheelchair controller.
An individual living with quadriplegia may need power positioning on his or her narrow wheelchair to help maintain proper comfort, skin integrity, positioning and function. TRU-Balance® 3 Power Positioning Systems on narrow electric wheelchairs offer a wide range of options when it comes to adjusting the positioning of the seating, including power tilt, power recline, power tilt and recline, power articulating leg rests, power articulating foot platform and iLevel. TRU-Balance 3 provides an appealing look and feel and maximizes functional independence.
Quadriplegia patients may benefit from Stealth Products® wheelchair cushions. Each narrow wheelchair cushion offers a different function, such as general use and skin protection and positioning. For example, the TRU-Comfort 2 wheelchair cushion features a CoolCore® technology cover that is breathable and moisture wicking. In addition to CoolCore technology, the Spectrum® Foam and Spectrum® Gel cushions feature a urethane liner for incontinence and a contoured, high-density molded foam base. Learn more about our narrow wheelchair cushions.
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