10 Side Effects Of Being In A Wheelchair!

When it comes to severe physical disability, lots of patients, even senior citizens would like to rely on a wheelchair.

The problem arises when you have to face an insidious threat: sitting all day.

It’s of no wonder to catch the thought, does being in a wheelchair shorten your life?

No doubt, the wheelchair will affect every single aspect of your life.

The undeniable truth about complications of being wheelchair-bound is only understood when you go for using one.

Therefore, it is necessary to know about the side effects of wheelchair diagnosis.

Some are negatives and some may right down uglier for certain users.

Side Effects of Being in a Wheelchair!

side effects of being in a wheelchair

In short, there are severe health issues over prolonged use of a wheelchair.

In most of the cases, the effects are related to one another and trigger a chain of effects to come out.

The followings are the most crucial ones that need our attention.

1. Reduced Efficiency in Blood Circulation

Effective blood circulation throughout the body all the time is of utmost importance which gets affected right here.

The adverse effect starts to take place over the blood flow when you keep sitting for more than eight hours a day.

Reduced efficiency of blood circulation initiates other problems associated with your body fluid.

With the gradual worsening of the situation, it deprives the body cells of required oxygen & necessary nutrients.

2. Atrophy for Abdominal Muscles

Human abs get engaged in motion & work when he/she stands up, walks or runs.

But for a patient on a wheelchair, this movement of abs comes to a total halt.

Abs or abdominal muscles, therefore, require reasonable engagement in movement & exercise.

The surfeit of wheelchair assistance becomes a burden with the motionless abs.

Prolonged sitting may lead to severe atrophy for the muscles if the abs don’t work at all.

3. Severe Strain on Hands & Wrists

When you get yourself on a conventional wheelchair, the foremost problem you will face upon moving.

You have to use the hand strength keeping the wrist in contact with the wheel all the time to get the motion.

Unless you got unbelievable strength on the hand, pretty sure you will have to go through severe strain from the beginning.

But modern powered wheelchair can be of great help in this regard.

4. Painful Stress on Shoulder & Arms

Speaking of moving the wheelchair, you have to give your strength & it gives a good press on the shoulder & arms.

We are talking about the conventional or manual wheelchair.

A good press will give you the move but raises the possibility to experience extreme stress over long hours of driving.

It leads to pain on the back which will give you enough trouble with your sitting.

5. Joint & Contracture Problems

Consistent sitting on the wheelchair will get you to maintain a more or less fixed posture.

With no movement of the bones, the joints of the body rest idly which later can cause serious problems even with general motion.

All joints & contracture needs the least amount of movement every day.

For extreme cases, you can undergo partial & temporary paralysis in the long run.

6. Mental Depression & Illness

All-day sitting is not going to provide any good feeling even for the laziest person.

Using a wheelchair is still considered as one poor liability which tends to trigger mental depression.

It gets worse when the patient is young & unable to enjoy the world like other youngsters.

Suffering from depression all the time, it is not unlikely that the patient can’t concentrate on daily activities & catches the physical illness.

7. Overweight Causing Obesity

With the lack of nutrients in the cells, burning the excess body fat becomes incredibly slow.

Therefore, fatty acids start to accumulate which can trigger various problems with particular organs.

Excessive sitting interferes with heart functionality & prevents the body to react properly.

Strictly speaking, the inactive muscles show no response to physical insulin.

Without reaction, a larger amount of hormone is released inside the body raising the chance of getting sick.

8. CFS, Diabetes, Flu & Heart Disease

When it comes sitting all day, your internal mechanism is going to lose its efficiency to a considerable extent.

The ability to fight off the intruder infections gets significantly reduced which makes you prone to common diseases.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) & diabetes may occur over excess excretion of hormones.

Blood pumping efficiency of the heart gets reduced with the presence of fatty acid.

In the meantime, easy intrusion & reproduction allows flu-related infections.

9. Ulcers or Pressure Sores

Completely fixed position on the wheelchair gets some of your skin always in touch of the particular area.

This leads to pressure sore or ulcer, especially where the bone is close to the skin.

You need to change the position once in a while to avoid getting infected with the life-threatening problem.

10. Prone to Abuse & Violence

Being violent, particularly with the able & well ones is an undeniably major issue to deal with over sitting on a wheelchair.

Disabled people become easy prey to abuse & violence, even for the near ones.

This may take place due to social or personal neglect, and extreme mental suffering.

Conclusions

No doubt, getting on a wheelchair doesn’t seem that easy as it should be.

The problem begins with prolonged sitting which can even lead to death if you don’t take the right precautions.

You have to prepare yourself to confront & handle the side effects well enough.

Otherwise, long term effects of wheelchair use may give you independence but result in additional health problems.

At a time, you can neither enjoy your daily life nor make even the simplest move on your own.

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Hi, I'm Doctor Jo, a licensed Physical Therapist, and a Doctor of Physical Therapy. I hope you enjoy my article of stretches & exercises for common injuries and syndromes. If you have a question, just ask. Be safe. Have fun. And I hope you feel better soon.

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