Wheelchair Seating and Mobility Specialty Service

Young physiotherapist exercising with elder disabled person
woman using wheelchair
woman using wheelchair

Physical therapists are licensed clinicians trained to evaluate physical measurements, range of motion, strength, coordination, sensation, reflexes, skin integrity, balance, transfers, and ambulation (moving from place to place). We hold additional certifications specific to wheelchair, seating and positioning needs.

Our Goals:

  • Efficiently assist with the process to obtain appropriate mobility equipment
  • Maximize the patient’s safety and independence with the recommended equipment
  • Provide excellent patient-centered care
  • Utilize reliable and valid outcome measures
  • Communicate effectively with all team members

 

What to Expect:

Once a referral to physical therapy is received from you or your health care provider, you will be scheduled for a one hour evaluation. Your therapist will recommend additional sessions if necessary. Your physical therapist will:

  • Complete a thorough evaluation
  • Provide mobility training (equipment listed below)
  • Utilize pressure mapping (see next page, first section)
  • Review insurance criteria and coverage for mobility equipment
  • Write the Letter of Medical Necessity including justification for the recommended equipment
  • Communicate with the team
  • Work directly with Durable Medical Equipment (DME) suppliers

Mobility Equipment Includes:

  • Manual wheelchairs
  • Power wheelchairs
  • Scooters (POVs)
  • Standing wheelchairs
  • Cushions & backrests
  • Wheelchair accessories including Power Assist

What is Pressure Mapping?

Pressure mapping is computerized technology that is used to look at pressure patterns while someone is seated in a wheelchair. This can help choose equipment and techniques to improve the quality of your skin. Your physical therapist will assess if this is needed, especially if you have a history of or current pressure sores.

Who We Serve:

From pediatrics to adults, we are here to assist you with your wheelchair, seating, positioning and mobility needs. Common diagnoses include:

  • Stroke
  • Spinal cord injury (SCI)
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Cerebral palsy, spina bifida
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease)
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Amputee

Getting an Appointment:

Contact your health care provider for a referral to Physical Therapy Wheelchair Seating & Mobility Specialty Service. Call 612-873-4377 for an appointment.

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