Common Conditions

Why use a wheelchair?

A wheelchair is a moveable chair with wheels that a person can control manually or electronically. A wheelchair prescription is given to people who need help moving—for instance, because they are unable to walk on their own.

Patients with temporary or permanent disabilities can benefit from a wheelchair prescription. For instance, a paraplegic experiences no feeling in the legs and may require a wheelchair for the rest of his or her life. A person with broken bones may need a wheelchair prescription until injuries have healed.

There are many conditions and afflictions which may result in the need of a wheelchair. Ottobock provide a wide range of mobility solutions to suit your needs. To find out which wheelchair is best for you, please click on your related condition.

Common conditions

Brittle Bones

Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) is an inborn disease causing fractures in childhood. It also causes fractures in adults. OI is a genetic disorder usually resulting from abnormalities of the genes that control the production of a protein called collagen.


Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is the general term for a number of neurological conditions that affect movement and co-ordination.


Elderly Care

Growing old doesn't come easy. We all want to remain indpendent for as long as possible, but this isn't always achievable. Ottobock's range of wheelchairs compliment the fulfillment of the special needs and requirements that are unique to senior citizens.



Hemiplegia is where one side of the body is paralysed. It can affect either side of the body. It is caused by damage to the brain, such as a stroke. This can happen before, during or after birth. The condition can be congenital or acquired.


Motor Neurone Disease

The motor neurone diseases (MND) are a group of neurological disorders that selectively affect motor neurons, the cells that control voluntary muscle activity including speaking, walking, swallowing, and general movement of the body.


Multiple Sclerosis

Around 100,000 people in the UK suffer from MS, which often does not occur until the age of 20 to 40. For reasons that remain to be explained, adult women account for the largest proportion of all new cases.


Muscular Dystrophy

The muscular dystrophies (MD) are a group of inherited genetic conditions that gradually cause the muscles to weaken. This leads to an increasing level of disability.


Spina Bifida

Spina bifida is a fault in the development of the spine and spinal cord which leaves a gap in the spine - the spinal cord connects all parts of the body to the brain.


Spinal Injuries

A spinal cord injury (SCI) is an injury to the spinal cord resulting in a change, either temporary or permanent, in the cord's normal motor, sensory, or autonomic function. Common causes of damage are trauma (car accident, gunshot, falls, sports injuries, etc.) or disease.