Providing custom wheelchairs and seating solutions to fit your lifestyle.

The Wheelchair Seating and Mobility Clinics at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center provide custom wheelchair and seating solutions for people with disabilities to improve their mobility, productivity, comfort and quality of life.

Our Patients

If you're living with a disability, the right wheelchair or scooter can provide support and mobility to help you achieve and maintain independence. We provide seating and mobility evaluations and services for people with:

  • Brain injury
  • Stroke
  • Multiple sclerosis, an inflammatory disease of the central nervous system
  • Cerebral palsy, a group of chronic conditions affecting body movement and muscle coordination
  • Spina bifida, a birth defect involving the incomplete development of the spinal cord or its coverings
  • Post-polio syndrome, affects polio survivors years after recovery from original incidence
  • Pressure sores, damaged skin caused by staying in one position for too long

Why choose The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center?

Our Wheelchair Seating and Positioning Clinics help you select and obtain seating that is comfortable and meets your lifestyle and mobility goals. Patients and families choose our programs and services for many important reasons:

  • We are proud that our Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs at Dodd Hall and our Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). CARF recognized our programs as meeting the highest standards in quality, safety and outcome measures, which provide risk-reduction and accountability in our patient care.
  • The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center's rehabilitation program has consistently ranked among the best in the nation
  • Since Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center is an academic medical center, our patients benefit from innovative research, a depth of medical expertise and the newest technologies and treatment techniques available

Our Services

Our Services

This clinic offers rehabilitation services to help you at each stage of your rehabilitation and recovery — from services offered while you’re in the hospital (inpatient services) to those offered once you’ve returned home (outpatient services).

Depending on your needs and your referring physician's orders, this clinic can provide:

  • Physical, occupational and speech therapy
  • Access to assistive technology specialists with expertise in seating and positioning
  • Pressure mapping assessment to determine which wheelchair or equipment provides the most appropriate pressure relief
  • Propulsion analysis to examine each push on the handrim of a manual wheelchair
  • Opportunities to experience a variety of equipment
  • Wheelchair movement skills evaluation
  • Wheelchair or seating recommendations for specialized wheelchairs (ultra-lightweight, bariatric, tilt-in-space), power wheelchairs and scooters
  • Fitting adjustments and practice sessions when new equipment is delivered
  • Patient education and training with our wheelchair skills mobility program

If you are currently using your own mobility equipment, we can help with:

  • Positioning issues or a wheelchair that no longer supports you properly
  • Modifications to allow pressure sores to heal or minimize risk of recurrence
  • Changes in your ability to move or walk that may require equipment changes

Outpatient Rehabilitation

Outpatient Rehabilitation Wheelchair Seating and Mobility Clinic

Our team is specialty trained in the selection and fitting of wheelchairs to improve mobility and function. We follow the guidelines of the World Health Organization on how best to provide wheelchairs to individuals. Our patients actively participate in the entire process from the initial assessment and goal setting, to the proper selection and training of mobility equipment. Other benefits this clinic offers include:

  • We offer the only clinic in Ohio exclusively staffed with Certified Assistive Technology Professionals
  • Our patients receive the most appropriate equipment available based on the recommendations of our team and accredited wheelchair suppliers
  • Our team of specialists helps patients through the entire wheelchair and seating process. This includes determining the best equipment available, providing proper equipment fitting and adjustments, along with training patients on how to use the equipment.
  • Patients benefit from our innovation and expertise in wheelchair positioning and seating. Our physicians and therapists are continuously researching new mobility solutions, and presenting their findings at national and international seminars.

Treatment Team

Your Treatment Team

Your care team evaluates you to create your wheelchair seating prescription. Then, we work with rehabilitation equipment suppliers to make sure your equipment meets your needs. This team may include:

  • Rehabilitative Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) Certified Assistive Technology Professionals (ATP) who specialize in seating and positioning
  • RESNA-Certified Rehabilitation Engineering Technologists (RET) who specialize in providing assistive technology support
  • Occupational therapists who help improve ability to complete self-care and home management tasks
  • Physical therapists who help achieve maximum strength, balance and mobility
  • Rehabilitation engineers who specialize in designing assistive technologies
  • Social workers who specialize in the social, emotional and financial needs of families and patients
  • Certified rehabilitation equipment vendors

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