What is Arthritis?
Arthritis is a long-term progressive condition that causes pain, swelling and stiffness in joints. Your hands, feet and wrists are commonly affected, but it can also cause problems in other parts of your body. These issues can also lead to regular tiredness combining in a reduction of independent mobility and an ability to achieve goals during the day. However with the right kind of mobility scooter, your fatigue can be reduced as walking to visit friends or the shops can be partly replaced by driving. For example, you can focus on driving to the shopping centre and then park up ready to walk around when you are there. Using a mobility scooter outside of the home can also give you more energy to walk around the house or the garden. This way the time and distance you walk can be managed more effectively and discomfort can be reduced whilst still remaining active.
Mobility Scooter for Arthritis
If you have Arthritis it is important to choose a mobility scooter that has ample legroom and a supportive seat such as a TGA Supersport, Vita Midi or Vita 4. A spacious mobility scooter provides room to stretch your stiff legs and avoids knees been cramped next the control tiller. The Supersport is a cult-classic Harley Davidson mobility scooter from TGA that resembles more of a Harley Davidson motorbike than a traditional mobility vehicle. Finished in black and chrome this eye-catching 3-wheel mobility scooter can be specified with a longer chassis so the floor well is perfect for a relaxed leg position. It is important to note that 3-wheel scooters will always provide greater leg room that 4-wheel models as there is only one wheel arch in the middle, not two either side. Its generous floor well also helps you avoid excessive bending of stiff joints so comfort is maximised, especially if you have longer legs. The Supersports steering action and controls are also designed to be easy to use and positioned closer to your body so that Arthritic hands and shoulders can be comfortably positioned. They only require minimal pressure to operate so complete control of the scooter is strain-free even with limited dexterity. The accelerator lever can be set up on either the left or right hand side dependent on which is your stronger hand. If you are looking for further accelerator options such as twist grips or foot pedals then the TGA Breeze S4 mobility scooter offers these choices.
A supportive or orthopaedic seat is another key feature of a mobility scooter that will help when living with Arthritis. The TGA Vita Midi and its larger 8mph sister model, the Vita 4, both have a racing bucket seat finished in faux leather ideal for maximising stability when driving. This seating design is fully adjustable with a backrest that can be angled to match your natural driving position and swing-up armrests ensure access is unhindered. This ability to adjust the seat configuration is important so you can relax your arms and shoulders at the right height when driving. Getting on and off is safe and simple as the whole seat can be rotated 90 degrees so you can place you feet on the ground beforehand. Both these TGA Vita models have excellent active suspension so a smooth ride is assured again helping to reduce stress and strain on any sore joints.
Case study owner with Arthritis: Pamela Kinge, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, Breeze S4 owner
I chose my Breeze S4 as it is so comfortable and easy to drive which is crucial for me as I have Osteoarthritis. The controls are light, responsive and perfect for my needs as my hands arent as good these days. Thanks to my TGA scooter I still go out regularly to enjoy the beautiful Yorkshire coastline and as my TGA Breeze has such good traction off road, I can also shop at markets in the countryside. I have lots of fun on my Breeze mobility scooter and as its suspension is so stable, I can easily tackle the many unfortunate potholes in and around Scarborough whilst maintaining a smooth ride. Apart from enjoying cross stitch, going out on my TGA Breeze is my favourite hobby!