Friedreich’s Ataxia and Kids Wheelchairs

If your son or daughter has been recently diagnosed with Friedreich’s ataxia, you have a lot of questions and concerns regarding your child’s diagnosis. Due to the affect that Friedreich’s ataxia has on muscle coordination and the nervous system, your child’s doctor may recommend a kids wheelchair, so that your son or daughter can maintainContinue reading “Friedreich’s Ataxia and Kids Wheelchairs”

Narrow Wheelchairs and Spinal Cord Injury

A spinal cord injury (SCI) is damage to the spinal cord that results in a loss of function, movement and/or feeling. They typically result from accidents or diseases like polio, spina bifida or Friedreich’s ataxia. The spinal cord does not have to be severed for a loss of function to occur. In fact, in mostContinue reading “Narrow Wheelchairs and Spinal Cord Injury”

Wheelchairs for Progressive Muscular Atrophy

Progressive muscular atrophy (PMA), also known as Duchenne-Aran muscular atrophy, is a rare subtype of motor neuron disease, known as a sibling condition to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Progressive muscular atrophy only affects the lower motor neurons. Symptoms of PMA include atrophy, muscle weakness, lack of reflexes, lack of spasticity and can be limited toContinue reading “Wheelchairs for Progressive Muscular Atrophy”

Narrow Wheelchairs for Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain. It can result when the head suddenly and violently hits an object, or when an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue. Symptoms of a traumatic brain injury can be mild or moderate, such as headache and lightheadedness, or severe,Continue reading “Narrow Wheelchairs for Traumatic Brain Injury”

Narrow Wheelchairs for ALS

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neuromuscular disease that causes the loss of structure or function of neurons in the brain and spinal cord. These motor neurons control voluntary muscle movement, and ALS decreases one’s ability to control movements, such as chewing, walking, breathing and talking. Due toContinue reading “Narrow Wheelchairs for ALS”

Narrow Wheelchairs for Quadriplegia

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™Continue reading “Narrow Wheelchairs for Quadriplegia”

Narrow Wheelchairs for Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a progressive, chronic auto-immune disorder within the central nervous system. MS affects neurons, the cells of the brain and spinal cord, that transport information and allow the brain to control the body. Multiple sclerosis symptoms may include the loss of muscle control, vision, balance and sensation. MS primarily affects adults betweenContinue reading “Narrow Wheelchairs for Multiple Sclerosis”

Kids Wheelchairs for Osteogenesis Imperfecta

Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) is a group of genetic disorders that 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, giving OI the alternate name “brittle bone disease.” SymptomsContinue reading “Kids Wheelchairs for Osteogenesis Imperfecta”

Kid Wheelchairs and Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a genetic disorder characterized by the loss of motor neurons in the spinal cord and the part of the brain that connects to the spinal cord. The loss of these specialized nerve cells results in muscle weakness and wasting (also known as atrophy) and affects the control of muscle movement.Continue reading “Kid Wheelchairs and Spinal Muscular Atrophy”

Child Wheelchairs for Arthrogryposis

Arthrogryposis multiplex congenital (AMC) is the congenital joint contracture in two or more areas of the body. Children who are born with AMC experience muscle shortening due to abnormal fibrosis of the muscle tissue. This causes those with arthrogryposis to be unable to perform active extension and flexion in the affected joint or joints. AMCContinue reading “Child Wheelchairs for Arthrogryposis”