Getting Fitted for a Customized Ride

For those of us in wheelchairs, we know how important it is to have a comfortable seat that doesn’t cause too much pressure on the skin. The seating system includes the cushion and chair back.

I spent this morning at MUSC’s wheelchair seating clinic getting fitted for a new seating system for my Permobil wheelchair.  My current seating system has lateral pads that are removable on the right side to keep me propped up. Unfortunately, those pads do not  straighten my sitting posture. I tend to lean more to the right, especially since my foot surgery a few months ago.

Before Seat Molding: I'm leaning to the right

Before Seat Molding: I’m leaning to the right.

A foam-like material was used to mold the seat back and cushion.  Air pockets within the foam could be adjusted to ensure the best fit.

After Seat Molding: I'm not leaning to the right and I'm sitting straighter

After Seat Molding: I’m not leaning to the right and my shoulders are straighter.

Tom Hetzel, from Ride Designs, came to Charleston from Colorado to help with fitting me for my new customized seating system. Jill Monger and Rick Sinnot were on hand today to get me riding more comfortably. Jill and Rick have fitted me for every chair that I’ve had since I was four years old. My physical therapist, Yves Gege,  and a number of other seating specialists were there to assist with the process.

I’m looking forward to riding in style and comfort with my new seating system! It should be ready to be installed on my chair by the beginning of next year!

About Tuesday Talk With Alex

Born in Charleston, SC, I was injured in a motor vehicle accident when I was nine months old. I acquired a C5-C6 spinal cord injury. I'm now 30 years old and I do not let my disability deter me from acheiving my goals and enjoying life. I will be sharing my experience of living with a spinal cord injury.
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7 Responses to Getting Fitted for a Customized Ride

  1. Aunty Kathy says:

    You are an amazing young man and are doing a tremendous job as an advocate for the disabled. I have known you all your life and you amaze and educate me more and more!


  2. Shelton says:

    Good to see you getting a new seat. I need one too! Hope to see you new system before next year.


  3. Caleb says:

    nice man love to see how your custom system works.


  4. Pingback: Powering up with the Permobil F3 | Tuesday Talk With Alex

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