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Ultralight Update: The Demise of K0009

Wheelchairs & Funding

Ultralight Update: The Demise of K0009

With the Manual Chair Miscellaneous Code Eliminated This Month, Industry Experts Worry About Access

From the elimination of the K0009 HCPCS code to ongoing funding challenges, the ultralightweight wheelchair niche is in evolution. What does that mean for consumers and the next generation of manual wheelchair technology?

Head Positioning

ATP Series

Using Your Head

Determining the Cause of Poor Head Positioning Is Difficult...& Critical to Overall Seating Success

Poor head positioning can cause problems with a wheelchair user's visual field, speech, eating and other critical functions. But the reasons for poor head positioning can be complex -- as are the potential solutions.

Heat and skin breakdown

ATP Series

Feeling the Heat

The same seating system that can help to maximize a user's functional mobility can also trap heat to create an environment that can put skin at risk and can reduce the time a consumer can spend in the chair. Who's at risk? What are the solutions?

To Intervene or Accommodate

ATP Series

To Intervene or Accommodate

When a Seating Client Appears “Fixed,” How Should the Rehab Team Respond?

Fixed postures or deformities present unique challenges to ATPs and clinicians. When should seating systems intervene? When should they accommodate and "meet clients where they are"?

Positioning Help

ATP Series

The Positioning Help You Need

"Secondary" Components Play Primary Roles in Maximizing Client Function

Great functional positioning can be all in the details! Take a closer look at those "secondary" components — harnesses, belts, buckles and more — that play primary roles in refining and fine-tuning seating & mobility systems.

Transfers

Transfers

The Impact of the Transfer

How the "Other" Surfaces Your Clients Encounter Can Present Skin-Integrity Dangers

Vibrations

Seating & Positioning

Got Bad Vibes?

Everyday Jolts Can Wreak Havoc on Wheelchair Users' Quality of Life. How They Add Up & What Can Be Done

Driving Accessibility

Automotive Accessibility Special

The Road More Driven

Building on a Big 2012, the Adaptive Automotive Industry Seeks to Carry Its Message of Independence Even Further

Catching up with the adaptive automotive industry on the eve of the 2013 NMEDA conference: Issues, accessibility and the commercial market, plus: sneak peek at a "toughest cases" case study!



Anatomy of a Seat Cushion

Seating & Positioning

Anatomy of a Seat Cushion

There Are High Expectations for the Immediate Interface Between Client & Seating System, But Are Those Expectations Always Fair?

From skin protection to positioning, stability, moisture and temperature control — not to mention comfort — seat cushions are assigned many tasks. Here's how different designs and multiple media work together to accomplish those goals.

spinal cord injury

Spinal Cord Injury

SCI C5/C6: Power or Manual?

Figuring Out the Best Answers for Clients, Their Lifestyles, and Their Successful Futures

When clients have spinal cord injuries in the C5/C6 range, is power or manual mobility a better fit for their functional abilities and lifestyles?

Amputations Prosthetics

Positioning & Prosthetics

Balancing Loss & Gain

A Deeper Understanding of Amputations, Prosthetics and the Clinical Considerations of Wheelchair Fittings

Working with amputees requires knowledge not just of current mobility needs, but also how the loss of a limb will impact the client's positioning and mobility in the future.

Keeping Your Options Open

Spinal Muscular Atrophy Robs Clients of Their Strength, but Creative Thinking Can Make a Difference

The progression of spinal muscular atrophy patients can challenge an ATP's goal of optimizing function and independence.

Arm Positioning

ATP Series

A Call to Arms

Your Client Is Leaning to One Side with His Arm Hooked Around His Wheelchair’s Armrest. Where Do You Start?

Proper upper-extremity positioning is crucial to a client’s functional success. And it all starts with a comprehensive assessment.

OT/PT Special

Fostering Compliance in a World of Resistance

Why Clients Resist Doing What's Best for Their Health & Advice on Getting Them to Do the Right Thing

It’s human nature to at least occasionally resist doing even those things we know are good for us. Seating & mobility clients can have additional reasons not to fully comply with their clinicians' recommendations. Here are ways to understand their resistance and develop solutions.

ALS & Cognition

ALS & Cognition

Long Known to Affect Mobility, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Can Also Alter Emotions & Behavior

While amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is most commonly thought of as affecting mobility, new research shows it can also impact clients' cognitive functioning and emotions. Understanding the full range of effects can help providers and clinicians to work more successfully with this population.

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