4.2. Functional Rehabilitation: Wheelchair Skills:
The PoinTIS SCI Physical Therapy site of the SCI Manual for Providers is based on information in Spinal Cord Injury: Functional Rehabilitation, by M.F. Somers,
Since most SCI patients use wheelchairs as their sole method of locomotion, they should be equipped with a wheelchair that fits and is adjusted properly as soon as they begin out-of-bed activities. The site includes the physical and skill prerequisites for positioning and doing pressure reliefs in a wheelchair, propelling wheelchairs over even and uneven terrains, navigating obstacles, such as curbs, and falling safely.