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    Some time ago I read on a wheelchair thread about a WC with a motorized boost that helps move the chair w/o it being a fully motorized chair. I remember something about a small motor for each wheel. I'm seeing shoulder specialists and scoliosis gurus tomorrow in Rapid City S.D.. Since my shoulder injury was job related-traveled out of town in a 4 door state owned car equipped with H/C's thanks to the ADA I actually get workers comp.coverage for shoulder probs. A fully motorized chair is out of the Question. Was I hallucinating or does such a thing exist? If not can I get anyone to clue me in on such things as size and weight, maneuverability etc. I refuse to retire unless I have to go to court on a gurney. This middle approach may be just the solution for aching shoulders. Any Help or info. would be great.Thanks WR

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    E-motion

    I saw these wheels at a CPA meeting a couple weeks ago. They were pretty sweet! I wish I would have known about them before I got my power chair. They can even be removed like the wheels on rigid chairs. The dealer said they were about $7000.00 Canadian.
    Emily, C-8 sensory incomplete mom to a 8 year old and a preschooler. TEN! years post.

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      Yup, emi is right. i tried them out a couple of weeks ago cus i am looking for a solution for when i have to go to college and wheel alot while carrying heavy books and making it up thier steep ramps. They are pretty good but they cost alot and they add 50 pounds each wheel to your chair i think and i know i couldnt change em on my own. the supplier said that when you are on smooth surfaces to turn em off cus you dont wanna kill the battery if you dont need to. they had two speeds which was cool especially since i dont want a power chair if i dont have to have one.
      when i tried em though it was awkward cus you have to push on both wheels equally or else you dont go straight but talking to a friend that just go em, he said you get use to it.

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        motorized wheelchairs

        whiterabbit11 - The Rehab Techology Program at the University of Pittsburg is a NIDRR Rehab Engineering Research Center on Wheeled Mobility. This may be a source for finding some suggested solutions at www.rerc.pitt.edu Other sources for assistive technology and rehab equip included www.abledata and wheelchairs at www.spinlife.com CRF
        The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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          e-motion

          i just got them july 2nd on my standing wheelchair and they're pretty cool. i'm c5-6 inc. so i also have a power chair but i find myself in the other more and more. my insurance paid for them cost to them 6000, but i found them at spinlife.com for 4295. just put 'e-motion' in the search box of thier home page. bob

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            #6
            High Dollar wheels and another scoliosis ? for Dr. Young.

            Thanks for the info. I saw a top-notch ortho. surgeon today. (also high dollar-$262.00 up front for 1 hr. & 3 x-rays) I'm definitely going to check out the wheels as he said my Rotator cuff is gone completely & bones are rubbing & wearing out. He claims a shoulder repair is reallly tough and only one associate has done a few on AB's. Wierd though, my scoliosis is 55 degrees but not frozen. His nurses grabbed my feet and he put me in sort of a hangman's noose & jerked me straight-it took all the curvature out and he says after surgery and a week in the hospital I'd be home and back to work in 3 weeks and inches taller.Claims he can reduce the curvature to 10 degrees. He said my backbones were all extra big and in good shape so the screws would be easy to put in. Still sounds too good to be true. If I remember right Sue & another guy described it much worse. DR. young described the process. Maybe Dr.Young and the survivors could tell me if this is too good to be true. I know if it sounds too good to be true it is.I think I can make workers comp. spring for the wheels as my RC was job related, imagine that, a lawyer getting workers comp for a shoulder injury-gotta be a 1st.WR

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