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active vs electric wheelchair vs power add-on

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theo_bees
theo_bees Community member, Scope Member Posts: 17 Connected
hi, I'm Theo I'm 18 and I am hoping to go to uni next year.

I use a wheelchair due to chronic pain and fatigue and walking difficulties. However I currently just have a standard off the shelf one, and I am looking to buy a better one custom for me so that it is the right size and comfortable for everyday use at uni.

I experience dislocations/subluxations of my shoulders which can happen when I am self-propelling, I think this is mainly because mine is too big and heavy and hard to push. I can also experience pain and weakness in my arms which impacts me when pushing for more than a few minutes, especially outside on rougher terrains. And I have a tremor which is on and off but can making pushing my chair harder when it is bad.

I would preferably like to have an active self-propelling chair if possible however I am aware that an electric chair is also a possibility (however they are more expensive and less transportable so it wouldn't be my first choice). I just wondered if anyone here has similar symptoms to me and could offer any advice on whether they think an active or electric chair would be best, or if anyone has experience with power add-ons as that is something I am considering too, so that if i bought an active chair I could potentially get a power add-on for it for some extra help.

Thank you so much to anyone taking the time to read this!

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