Power Wheelchair Options for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Patients


Duchenne Therapy Network and CureDuchenne released their newest video blog that highlights power wheelchair options available for Duchenne muscular dystrophy patients.  Here we provide tips on what to look for when choosing a wheelchair.

Front Wheel Drive


  • Maneuverability
  • Performance on terrain
  • Space for foot movement


  • Tracking issues at high speeds

Mid-Wheel Drive


  • Maneuverability
  • Turning radius is small
  • Great in tight spaces


  • Difficulty with terrain


Rear-Wheel Drive


  • Fair terrain performance
  • Good stability at high speed


  • Large turning radius
  • Difficult maneuvering in tight spaces


Power Seating Options

  • Recline
  • Tilt
  • Seat elevator
  • Leg elevator

Standing Power Options


  • Less transfer required when stander is built into the chair
  • Joint range of motion
  • Weight bearing
  • Bone density
  • Gastro-intestinal health
  • Social interaction


Please watch the video for more information.


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