Manual Stair Climbing Wheelchair Market Perspective by Comprehensive Analysis Growth Prediction to 2026
Manual Stair Climbing Wheelchair Market Drivers
The global manual stair climbing wheelchair market is expected to witness high growth owing to rising geriatric population and increasing lower limb amputation cases due to various diseases such as diabetes, vascular diseases, and osteoarthritis. Geriatric population is also prone to various chronic diseases, vertigo and dizziness, mental deterioration, and limited mobility. For instance, according to the American Community Survey (ACS) estimates, the overall rate of people with disabilities in the U.S. population in 2016 was 12.8%. Furthermore, according to 2017, Disability Statistics & Demographics report, the percentage of people with a disability in the U.S. slowly increased from 11.95% in 2010 to 12.8% in 2016.
According to World Population Prospects: 2017 report, in 2017, there were an estimated 962 million people aged 60 or above, globally, comprising 13% of the global population. The population aged 60 or above is growing at a rate of about 3% per year. In addition to this, according to the same source, Europe has the largest percentage of population aged 60 or over (25%). Furthermore, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), May 2017 data findings, there were 53 million adults in the U.S. suffering from any form of disability. Of this, 13% of adults shows mobility related disabilities, causing serious difficulty in walking or climbing stairs.
Manual stair wheelchairs or stair climbers are portable stair considered as an accessibility solution, which allows caregiver to transport an individual up and down the stairs with their wheelchair. Manual stair wheelchair can work on any stair configurations such as straight, curved or angular, compared to wheelchair stair lift, where stair lift modality depends on the type of stair configurations (curved stair lift requires curved rails to fit the staircase’s exact shape, making them more complicated and costly). These stair climbing wheelchairs are lightweight and portable, allowing to disassemble into pieces to carry with patient.
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Advancement in stair climbers includes integration of automated braking system with the chair. This aids to stops the unit at the edge of the stair step, thus reducing risk of falling. These automatic braking systems gradually engaged when wheelchair is tilted back, enabling it to use on ramps and hills. There are different types of portable stair climbers, designed to suit wide range of staircases with any kind of materials such as carpet, steel, wood, brick, and concreate.
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