Category Archives: Medical Matters

Featuring breakthroughs in medical technology, science and research as it relates to mobility-impaired diseases and physical conditions.

New Unique Wheelchairs and Mobility Devices

WHILL Model A Wheelchair
Shown above is the WHILL wheelchair with advanced motion and complete terrain coverage. Photo courtesy of WHILL, Inc.

When it comes to wheelchairs, scooters and other hybrid mobility devices, the industry is always coming up with new ideas.  The unique options below are just a few examples that made our list to include in this article. Check out MobilityWorks’ selection of newer wheelchairs and mobility devices that you have to see.

WHILL Model ‘M’ Wheelchair

The Whill has been making waves in the mobility industry, especially with the Model M’s recent FDA approval. This beautiful wheelchair moves effortlessly with you to fit into your lifestyle. This chair is the world’s only mobility device to feature both 4 wheel drive and all directional wheels so that you can have high power over any terrain. Users will enjoy a smooth ride. You can even control the Whill remotely from a smart phone app! Read more

Message Banking Technology Helps ALS Patients Regain Their Voice

Julia and service dog Sophie
Message banking can help people with ALS get their personalized voice back.

People with ALS and other degenerative diseases may lose their ability to speak over time, but today’s technology can give them a voice. Most of the speech technology we see has a robotic voice. What if ALS patients could get their own, personalized voice back? Thanks to message banking, they can.

Message Banking is Created

“25 years ago, one of the nurses who ran our tracheotomy program came to us and said there are kids who wake up in the ICU after surgery who are absolutely terrified and they can’t communicate,” John Costello, the creator of message banking and Director of Boston Children’s Hospital’s Augmentative Communication Program, said. “We then began to look and say, why are we waiting until a patient is at bedside and under the influence of medication, pain, sedation and fear to try to help? I thought it would be really cool if kids could record their voices pre-operatively so that post-op they could wake up with technology mounted on their bed and have their own voice.” Read more

Join MobilityWorks Pittsburgh for their 10th Annual Mobility Expo

On Thursday, October 8, 2015, join MobilityWorks of Pittsburgh for their 10th Annual Mobility Expo. The event will take place at our MobilityWorks Pittsburgh store located at 1090 Mosside Blvd. in Wall, PA from 11:00 AM-4:00 PM.

The special one-day event will honor our veterans for their service, as well as bring together a unique blend of personal wellness advocates, mobility experts and transportation solutions under one roof. Read more

September is National Service Dog Month

Service Dog

Each September we recognize the many service dogs who provide assistance, protection, companionship and confidence to their owners.

Service dogs serve those with debilitating medical conditions; from autism to blindness, seizure disorders and hearing impairments, diabetes and those who need physical assistance, and they also serve our wounded warriors suffering from conditions like PTSD, traumatic brain injuries, and mobility issues. Read more

August is National Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month

National Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month

August is recognized as National Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month throughout the country.

Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is the leading genetic cause of death in babies under the age of two.  It affects families of all ethnicities, often with no prior history of the disease.

Newborns with SMA appear healthy, but over time a lack of muscular development becomes evident.  While intellectual development remains normal, muscle weakness often leads to respiratory failure and general debilitation. There are three types of SMA, each with varying degrees of severity and limited treatment options. Read more