Finding a Comfortable Wheelchair Seat Cushion

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ericinwinlaw

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Hello everyone. As with many of you folks, I have lost a significant portion of my muscle and whatever other padding my body previously had. I have been really struggling for over a year to find a comfortable seat cushion. I have tried various Roho's, Jay Union, Vicair, and a couple of other loaners that I don't member the brand names of. One of the complicating issues I have is severe nerve pain in my legs due to impingement somewhere in the hip/leg area. What I have found is that I really need leg channels to minimize pressure on my legs. Right now I am in a Vicair, but those little triangular pockets are super uncomfortable on my butt and particularly on my tailbone. Has anyone found a solution that alleviates this problem? I haven't tried the Roho cushions with the leg channels as they are locally available. And I'd rather not spend that kind of money on something that may not work at all. So, perhaps someone has found one of the Roho models will solve this problem? Any help appreciated – thanks!

Any help or delays would be great. Thanks!
 

Leo_Malkin

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Do you have a wheelchair specialist. Mine got me a Jay fusion very comfortable
 

Trixie80

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have you talked to Gwen at the ALSBC clinic in Vancouver? She is pretty resourceful.

I don't like the leg chanels sorry I can't help you there, but I use a gel jay union and I prefer it over my roho. It is cooler
 

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A rep from ROHO, now owned by Permobil, should be asked to come to your home to do a pressure mapping. That involves placing a pressure sensitive pad on your seat cushion before putting you in your chair. The pad attaches to a computer that displays the pressure on the pad to identify problem areas. The rep can bring a leg channel cushion to test you on before you buy. If one of ROHO's standard models won't work it is possible to have one custom made but that takes you back to paying before you try it.
 

ericinwinlaw

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A rep from ROHO, now owned by Permobil, should be asked to come to your home to do a pressure mapping. That involves placing a pressure sensitive pad on your seat cushion before putting you in your chair. The pad attaches to a computer that displays the pressure on the pad to identify problem areas. The rep can bring a leg channel cushion to test you on before you buy. If one of ROHO's standard models won't work it is possible to have one custom made but that takes you back to paying before you try it.
that would be great, but we live in a rural area and the nearest full service rep is an 8 hour drive away. Thanks anyway!
 

ericinwinlaw

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have you talked to Gwen at the ALSBC clinic in Vancouver? She is pretty resourceful.

I don't like the leg chanels sorry I can't help you there, but I use a gel jay union and I prefer it over my roho. It is cooler
thanks – I will see if I can do that.
 

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Major academic spinal cord injury clinics typically have facilities for pressure mapping, which I agree is a good idea. They can also help you demo a cushion before committing.
 
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