Dynamic Stories: Eddie and the Broken Wheelchair

Michelle L. Lange, OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS

One day while looking at the Seating Dynamics YouTube channel, I came across a video of a young man named Eddie using a dynamic back. We were able to contact his Mom, Megan, who was kind enough to speak with me by phone. Eddie is a 16 year old young man with the diagnosis of spastic cerebral palsy and epilepsy. Eddie went from a Kid Kart to a Zippie Iris and is now in a PDG Stellar with a Ride Designs back. He has been using a Seating Dynamics Dynamic Rocker Back interface since May of 2016. Continue reading

Comfort vs. Pain in Funding Documentation

Michelle L. Lange, OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS

If I go to the doctor for any reason, someone on staff always asks if I am in pain and, if so, what level of pain I’m in. Pain is a big deal. Beginning in the 1990’s, increased attention was given to pain and it was even dubbed the ‘fifth vital sign.” Continue reading

Dynamic Stories: Kylie’s Shoes

Michelle L. Lange, OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS

Kylie and I have known each other for a long time. This young woman lives in Wyoming and works in the theatre. Kylie has cerebral palsy and has used a power wheelchair and speech generating device since a young age. She has recently started using dynamic seating. I spoke with Kylie and her mom, Chele, by phone.

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Dynamic Stories: Time to Rock and Not Roll

Michelle L. Lange, OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS

Phillip is a mover and a shaker – literally! This adult with developmental disabilities likes to move. He lives at a residential facility in Delaware. Years of rocking in his manual wheelchairs have left a trail of destruction. He has broken seating systems, mounting hardware, and wheelchair frames as a result of repeated and often strong movements. Phillip is currently using a tilt in space manual wheelchair with a linear back and an off-the-shelf cushion. When he rocks, he tends to move the entire chair across the room, so the staff lock the wheels. The result? He rocks with such force that the solid tires have repeatedly broken where they contact the wheel locks!

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Dynamic Stories: An interview with Daniel’s Mom

Daniel is a 17 year old young man with the diagnosis of cerebral palsy. He has been successfully using dynamic seating for over 5 years now. He started with a Kids Rock dynamic manual wheelchair. He currently uses a tilt in space manual wheelchair with a dynamic rocker back and dynamic footrests. I sat down with his Mom, Mary, to ask her some questions.

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Preserving Joint Integrity through Dynamic Seating

Michelle L. Lange, OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS

Daniel is a teenage boy with the diagnoses of cerebral palsy and seizures. He has significantly high muscle tone and has had varied success with tone management over the years. If his feet are not strapped to the footplates, he extends at his knees and his feet are then hanging far in front of the footplates. This increases the turning radius of the wheelchair, places his lower legs at risk of injury, and leads to a loss of position of his pelvis. As a result, his feet have been strapped into shoeholders for most of his life. This positioning has kept his feet on the footplates, but has created other issues. Continue reading

Supplier Interview: Concussions don’t Just Happen in Football

Michelle L. Lange, OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS

Recently I had a nice conversation with a colleague about Dynamic Seating. Joe McKnight is Director of Business Development in California, Nevada, and Arizona for Numotion, and he has been in the wheelchair seating and mobility field for a long time – probably longer than he would like to admit! Having that much experience provides a unique view. Joe states that “how we practiced 30 years ago and how we practice now should be different. We need to re-evaluate how we are doing things and how we need to change.”

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