Wheelchair Seating Clinic

The Wheelchair Seating & Mobility Clinic at Tampa General Rehabilitation Center provides evaluation and determination of appropriate wheelchairs for individuals with disabilities and physical functional challenges resulting from spinal cord injury, brain injury, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), multiple sclerosis and other neurological injuries or illnesses, as well as orthopedic conditions. Our goal is to maximize the comfort, posture, breathing, pressure distribution and overall independent functioning of the individuals we treat.

Program Overview

Our team of wheelchair specialists includes RESNA-certified assistive technology practitioners (ATPs) and seating and mobility specialists who offer individuals the opportunity to examine and trial a variety of mobility and seating products. This comprehensive approach and range of services help to ensure our patients’ goals are achieved.

Your visit to the Wheelchair Seating and Mobility Clinic will include the following:

Evaluation

Assessment begins with an in-depth interview to determine an individual's functional abilities, personal preferences and any lifestyle issues. A mat evaluation is performed to determine if an individual has the flexibility and range of motion to sit with optimal postural alignment. This information will guide staff in selecting the most appropriate seating system products.

Equipment Trial

Individuals are able to select from an array of commercial seating and mobility products and test them out in our clinic. By having our patients try a number of different products, we can recommend the best fit for their specific needs.

Pressure Mapping

To ensure skin integrity, comfort and safety, we assess the pressure distribution along the individual's seated body surface. This pressure mapping system enables us to compare cushions and back support, and to determine the best method of pressure relief.

Seating Selection

We work closely with our vendors, as well as the patients’ medical doctor, family members/caregivers and other clinicians as warranted to recommend the best possible seating system. For those individuals with progressive medical conditions, we seek a system that offers flexibility to meet changing needs.

A Custom Fit

Following the specific wheelchair and seating recommendations made by our team of rehabilitation professionals, we work with each patient to ensure that the system is fitted properly to minimize the risk of pressure sores and secondary musculoskeletal complications. We also perform any necessary electronic adjustments to customize the performance of power chairs to meet individual preferences. Finally, we strive to maximize independence and safety both indoors and outdoors by educating the patient and his or her family members/caregiver on wheelchair mobility skills. A referral from the client's medical doctor is required to participate in our Wheelchair Seating & Mobility Clinic.