Recovering from a surgical procedure can be hard on the body. Patients are frequently left with a restricted range of movement, making it difficult to get around and perform daily activities safely and comfortably. That’s why doctors often recommend using a wheelchair while recuperating. Below is an overview of why this medical equipment is essential for the healing process and what to consider for your own.
Procedures That Commonly Require a Wheelchair for Recovery
A wheelchair helps increase mobility for people facing a variety of medical conditions, both temporary and permanent. It’s especially common to need one after surgeries like hip and knee replacements as well as procedures involving the back, legs, and feet.
While the body needs to move to build up strength, using a wheelchair provides the opportunity to rest and avoids too much pressure being applied to the surgical site. Additionally, patients who experience mobility limitations will likely need a wheelchair to reduce their fall risk and give them the freedom to navigate everyday life.
How to Choose the Right Wheelchair
First, ensure the proper fit by selecting the correct seat width, depth, and height based on your body weight and shape. The wrong size can cause poor posture, discomfort, pelvic issues, pressure sores, and hip displacement.
Next, take into account how often the chair will be used, what outdoor activities you participate in, and how much strength you have to push the chair independently. You’ll also need to consider how the chair will be transported and how easily it needs to fold up if you plan to drive or have someone drive you.
If you need a wheelchair, our staff at Dauterman Healthcare & Mobility will assist in finding the right one. We offer a broad selection of high-grade mobility products designed to facilitate a smooth and quick recovery. Since opening in 1970, our locally owned medical supply store has committed to improving the quality of life for residents across Honolulu, HI. Call (808) 591-8860 to discuss your financing options, or visit us online to begin browsing our inventory.