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Main Types of Hand Controls for Mobility Problems

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Dealing with a mobility problem can be quite difficult. One of the hardest things a person must face when a mobility problem arises is the feeling of lost independence. There are many products on the market that will allow a person with mobility problems to regain the sense of independence their disability took away. Many people that face a permanent disability want to find a way to feel the sense of freedom they had before they became disabled. Hand controls for disabled people allow them to have the ability to drive a car.

There are many different kinds of hand controls that can help people with different types of disabilities. Depending on the level and type of disability, one of the four main kinds of controls might help you regain some independence. The push/right angle type of control is intended for people with limited finger dexterity. The handle is pushed upward toward the instrument panel to brake the vehicle and pulled downward at a right angle to accelerate. There are three other types of controls to consider, but it’s probably best to discuss all of the options with your doctor before making a final determination.

The push/pull types of hand controls are ideal for people with limited finger dexterity and it can be altered to allow constant contact with the handle, if that is required. In this type of control, the driver will push forward on the handle to brake and pull backwards to accelerate. There is also the push/rock style of hand control. This type of control is meant for a person with no finger dexterity. To accelerate, the handle is rocked back and to brake, the handle is pushed forward. This type of control is for someone with greater mobility problems than the previous two types of controls.

The push/rotate hand controls are meant for people with full or partial finger function. The handle is pushed forward to brake and twisted to accelerate. The decision to continue driving in spite of a disability is one that should be made with medical professionals and mobility specialists. Knowing that there are many options out there can make a disabled person feel as though they can regain the independence that has been lost. With many new advances in mobility devices making medical news every day, it’s possible to find a variety of ways to improve the quality of life for someone with a mobility problem.

 

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