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Post-Polio Health (ISSN 1066-5331)

Vol. 29, No. 1, Winter 2013

Navigating the Seating and Mobility
World with Post-Polio

Sara Kraft, PT, DPT, NCS, ATP, Assistant Professor, Medical University of South Carolina, Division of Physical Therapy, College of Health Professions

Navigating the seating and mobility world can be daunting for many with post-polio syndrome. Issues with scoliosis, back pain and even pressure problems can be quite serious for the person living with post-polio. If using a wheelchair, the solutions can be manageable and more easily rectified by customizing seat cushions or wheelchair backrests.

For those who are still walking, the solutions may not be so clear-cut. Walking is an activity that many take for granted but is a vital component to both quality of life and health. When problems such as scoliosis, back pain or pressure problems arise many people with post-polio are left with few choices that do not involve wheeled mobility. There are, however, options for these problems which may allow people to keep walking while avoiding secondary complications.

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