Learn how to choose wheelchairs

A wheelchair is a mobility aid that makes all the difference in the daily lives of people with mobility problems.

Its use ensures independence and greater well-being for those with motor difficulties, such as bedridden, sick, or elderly individuals who are unable to walk alone and without assistance.

Learn how to choose wheelchairs and completely transform the joy and autonomy of those who face physical limitations and, therefore, cannot walk.

The wheelchair is an extraordinary mobility aid

Mobility aids – such as wheelchairs – are essential to ensure the independence of people who have motor difficulties in performing their most basic daily tasks.

What for many is a normal task, such as going to the bathroom or to the post office, for others (bedridden, sick, or elderly people with an uneven gait) is impossible to accomplish without help – hence the importance of having this locomotion support equipment in an accessible way.

This mobility support equipment turns out to be an excellent ally for those who suffer from this type of problem, since it offers them greater autonomy and a sense of usefulness, but also for their relatives, since it gives them a greater sense of security with theirs.

How to choose a wheelchair?

Today, the market offers a wide range of options for wheelchairs . Loja Ortopédica has more than 40 models so that anyone, whatever their physical condition, can have a wheelchair that meets their needs. But how to choose the right chair? We leave you with 4 tips to help you choose the most suitable equipment.

1. The Material of the Wheelchair

Steel, aluminum or carbon structure? The choice of material has direct implications on the weight of the chair and, consequently, its mobility. Both are sturdy and safe, but aluminum is lighter, which makes it the right material if you are looking for a wheelchair that will accompany you on your daily commute.

2. Big wheels or small wheels?

The choice is simple. If the user has the ability to maneuver the chair independently, then you should opt for wheelchairs with large rear wheels. On the other hand, if the user needs to be pushed by a caregiver, you should choose a small wheelchair because it is more compact and therefore easier to transport.

3. Double or single crosshead?

The double crossheader is especially recommended for heavier users, who frequently travel between uneven surfaces, or who need an electric propulsion aid system. Double crosses are stronger and can resist torsional forces.

4. Seat width and overall width of the wheelchair

The most appropriate wheelchair is one that fits as tightly as possible around the user’s waist, avoiding lateral looseness. The most common sizes are 40 and 43 cm, always taking into account the user’s hip width.

For a long time it was considered necessary to leave a few centimeters aside if the user increased the weight. However, this can adversely affect the correct position of the user, leading to structural deformities.

Finally, we recommend that you consider spaces that you may use with small door sizes (less than 75 cm), very common in older homes. So before you buy a new wheelchair, do a brief survey of the places the user will have to pass through.

Types of wheelchairs

Today, there are several types of wheelchairs on the market that can be purchased to help people with disabilities or walking difficulties. The following stand out:


Manual wheelchairs are mobility equipment that are easy to handle and adjust in any environment (hospital, home, work, cinema, or other recreational space).

Wheelchair Orthos XXI Celta Compact 3 – Practical and economic wheelchair


Active alloy wheelchairs are ultralight, ultramodern mobility equipment for those who have an active daily life and are looking for comfort, efficiency, and quality.

Active Wheelchair Kuschall Champion 2.0 – Maximum performance wheelchair


Electric wheelchairs, like electric mobility scooters, are mobility aids that provide a smooth and effortless ride for their driver.

Electric Wheelchair Azteca Orthos XXI

Where to buy wheelchairs?

At Loja Ortopédica you can choose and buy wheelchairs for all tastes, needs, and budgets. Whatever you are looking for, you are sure to find it at Loja Ortopédica, and at the best price!

Our team of dedicated professionals will help you choose your wheelchair, scooter or other mobility equipment based on strict quality, strength and comfort criteria, always taking into account the best quality/price ratio.

We are dedicated to the commercialization of orthopedic, geriatric, surgical, hospital, and health and well-being products, and we make fast deliveries throughout mainland Portugal and the Islands.

Visit us on our website at www.lojaortopedica.pt or contact contact us from the contact form. We help you choose the most appropriate wheelchair for your current situation.

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