What Hand Rims Are You Using?

There are hand rims that are vinyl coated, aluminum anodized, and aluminum vinyl in the usual style. The ergonomic grip style improves the fit between the users hand and the tire to prevent the fingers and thumb from getting caught and causing injury.

Regular hand grips are less efficient and require more effort producing more fatigue and pain than the newer ergonomic ones. Research results show that users reduce their grip by 16% using the Natural Fit. Looking at this, it would be my choice for all manual wheelchairs.

The Surge with Gription by Out-Front has joined the lineup for choices in handrims. The strip on the oval improves traction or grip on the rim and comes in a choice of two widths.

The average number of times wheelchair users push their wheels in a single day is 2000-3000 times. A study by NIH (National Institute of Health) reports 76% less pain in hands and 71% less pain in wrists, while 67% reported daily tasks were less work.

Push rims can also have projections on them in either a short or long length and with different numbers of pegs. If you use your wheelchair outdoors, these projections could cause hand injury when turning and slowing your chair on an incline.

For a homemade cover you can use foam pipe insulation to increase your grip. You will need to know the diameter and the circumference of your current rim. Measure, cut and tape into place. Another idea if your budget is limited is to purchase steering wheel covers to improve your grip.

There is a coating for the E motion wheelchairs that you can purchase and apply to your rims. It is a bit pricy, and some users report with average use it begins to peel and then you can injure your hands on the peeling coating.

Wheelchair Rim Covers

These grips are soft and promote proper hand placement, help with traction and decrease injury while insulating the hands from the cold. There are some made of soft foam and another kind is faux leather and is easily washable. They are usually sold in pairs.





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