With the right equipment, a quadriplegic can make the impossible possible. For example, Dr. House, a C7 quadriplegic, recently climbed 13 miles to the top of Pikes Peak, Colorado for the fifth time - in a wheelchair! (Watch the video.) The most important thing a quadriplegic can do is to get educated about all of the options available. Become a student of their own body. Stop being a “patient” and become a “partner” in the wheelchair fitting process. In this article, we provide some thoughts that will hopefully help you in your education about available mobility options for quadriplegics.
The Pikes Peak Challenge Charity Hike is an annual 13 mile ascent to the 14,115 foot summit to benefit the Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado (BIAC).
On September 10th, 2016, Dr. Glen House, a complete C7 quadriplegic, accomplished an amazing feat for the 5th time: he pushed a wheelchair up 13 miles to the magnificent 14,110 ft. summit of Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs! As a quadriplegic wheelchair user for over 20 years and a specialist in spinal cord and brain injury rehabilitation, Dr. House is passionate about staying on the forefront of technology that can help him – and others with similar mobility challenges – maintain maximum independence. He says, “If my life depended on it, I couldn't push to the top of Pike's Peak in a manual chair. But the Tailwind Power Assist Wheelchair makes the impossible possible. I think it's incredibly important for individuals who need to use some kind of mobility device to get around to know about this specific wheelchair and the technology that it has within it. For anyone with a disability or medical condition, the most important thing they can do is get and stay informed.” - Dr. Glen House, MD, MBA Don’t miss this recent interview with Dr. House as he shares his inspiring story about how and why he made the climb to the top of Pikes Peak. He was interviewed by Mike Krivich, PT and Territory Manager for Clinton River Medical Products.
Is there a benefit to power assist wheelchair use? Algood SD, Cooper RA, Fitzgerald SG, Cooper R, and Boninger ML address the question in their article, Impact of a push rim-activated power-assisted wheelchair on the metabolic demands, stroke frequency, and range of motion among subjects with tetraplegia. The study focuses on users with spinal cord injuries, but the results can be applied more generally. Here's a summary of what the article discussed:
No Hands needed for braking? In this real-life video, you'll see how Tailwind's automatic wheelchair brakes help users gain control going downhill. The software incorporated within the chair can sense a decline and automatically engages the brakes to allow for a smooth and controlled descent.
It’s common knowledge that physical activity is imperative for our health. It can help prevent high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, arthritis and many other conditions. There are many sports and activities wheelchair users can get involved in to stay active. How about a little wheelchair freestyle, for example? Check out this video!