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Pediatric Wheelchair Market Size - By Type (Manual Wheelchairs, Powered Wheelchairs), By Portability (Standalone, Portable), By Application (Mobility, Neurological Conditions), By Distribution Channel (Brick & Mortar, E-commerce), By End-use (Hospital, Home Care), & Forecast, 2023 – 2032

  • Report ID: GMI6460
  • Published Date: Aug 2023
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Pediatric Wheelchair Industry Analysis

Pediatric Wheelchair Market size was valued at around USD 1.7 billion in 2022 and is estimated to reach over USD 3.5 billion by 2032. The increasing prevalence of disability among children is anticipated to drive the market globally.

Pediatric Wheelchair Market

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Disability is a serious medical condition that hampers the everyday activities of the pediatric patient. For instance, according to the statistics published in 2022, it was estimated that 1 in every 400 babies are born with cerebral palsy in UK. Moreover, according to UNICEF in 2019, there were around 240 million children with physical disabilities around the globe. Teens that suffer from a severe cerebral palsy and physical disabilities require wheelchair assistance and hence, these statistics indicate the demand for pediatric wheelchairs across the globe. Additionally, the health concerns associated with disabilities comprising of inability to perform daily functions, heart disease, among others are anticipated to stimulate the demand for pediatric wheelchair.

Pediatric wheelchairs refer to a mobility device designed specifically for children with mobility impairments. These wheelchairs are tailored to the unique needs and proportions of children, providing them with safe and comfortable means of moving around. Pediatric wheelchairs play a crucial role in enhancing the independence, mobility, and overall quality of life for children with disabilities.

High cost of wheelchair is amongst major factors hampering the adoption of the pediatric wheelchair products. These devices require regular maintenance for their efficient working. The purchasing power capacity of the consumers play an important role in the product adoption in this market. High cost and constant upgradation of pediatric wheelchairs can cause financial burden for families seeking mobility facilities for their disabled children. For instance, the Permobil Koala Miniflex, a pediatric wheelchair specifically designed to accommodate a growing child also offers added stability. The cost for this wheelchair is over USD 8,000. The acceptance of high-end electric wheelchair is negatively impacted with the high cost of the device, especially in the low-income countries. The lack of supporting healthcare infrastructure along with low consumer awareness can hamper the market trends.

COVID-19 Impact

The COVID-19 arose as an unprecedented public health concern across the globe and had a slight negative impact on the pediatric wheelchair market growth. The COVID-19 pandemic drastically disrupted the manufacturing and supply chain & logistics, negatively affecting the medical devices sector by restraining the product adoption. Several physiotherapy clinics, rehabilitation centers, and hospitals were affected owing to the travel restrictions and lockdown implemented by the governing authorities. Disabled children were more prone to the COVID-19 pandemic and hence were unable to visit hospitals and clinical settings for professional help.


Furthermore, certain prominent players also reported slight decline in the revenue owing to disruption in several business operations caused by the coronavirus outbreak Thus, these companies were implementing various strategies to mitigate the decrease in demand. Moreover, these companies were working for innovating cost-effective wheelchairs to improve the product demand and increase their revenue.


Pediatric Wheelchair Market Trends

The growing prevalence of neurological diseases among children is fueling the demand for pediatric wheelchair globally. Neurological diseases affect the patient’s ability to perform daily activities. According to Pan America Health Organization in 2019, in the U.S. around 533,172 deaths were reported due to neurological conditions. The number of congenital diseases affecting the mobility have been increasing over the past few years. Pediatric power wheelchairs are instrumental for these patients. Spina bifida is amongst such congenital conditions that can severely impair the patient’s walking and mobility capabilities. The complications associated with the treatment can cause severe disabilities amongst the patients.

For instance, according to the NHS UK statistics 2020, the occurrence rate of spina bifida was 6 in every 10,000 babies during the year.  Additionally, the availability of focused paediatric power wheelchair further enhances the demand for these products in the global market. For instance, the explorer mini manufactured by Permobil is an FDA approved powered mobility solution for facilitating self-imitated movement among children aged between 12 to 36 months suffering from mobility impairments.

Moreover, several technical advancements comprising the integration of artificial intelligence, digital technology, and wireless remote-control facility among others will play a crucial role in the expansion of the pediatric wheelchair market. Many manufacturers are focusing on producing revolutionary pediatric wheelchairs. The introduction of smart features such as connectivity to mobile devices to monitor and control the wheelchair remotely will help enhance the quality of life for children with disabilities and offer greater convenience for caregivers.

Furthermore, the ergonomic design of new-generation pediatric wheelchairs ensures that children are adequately supported, promoting healthy posture, and reducing the risk of musculoskeletal issues. These technological advancements have significantly improved the safety, comfort, and usability of pediatric wheelchairs, making them more accessible and user-friendly for individuals with mobility challenges.

Pediatric Wheelchair Type Segmentation

Pediatric Wheelchair Market Size, By Type

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Based on type, the pediatric wheelchair market is segmented as manual wheelchairs and powered wheelchairs. The powered wheelchairs segment held the considerable market share in 2022 and was valued at over USD 600 million. The revenue from this segment can be attributed to the various advantages associated with powered wheelchairs. Powered wheelchairs are equipped with an electric motorized system that enhances mobility. The integration of joysticks and touchscreens makes it easier for children with limited dexterity or coordination to operate the wheelchair. Additionally, in comparison to manual wheelchairs, powered wheelchairs offer more safety features, including anti-tip devices, seat belts, and programmable speed limits, ensuring user safety during operation. For instance, Airwheel automatic folding wheelchair is an example of effortless power wheelchair with integrated wireless remote-control facility coupled with easy portability.

Pediatric Wheelchair Portability Segmentation

Pediatric Wheelchair Market Share, By Portability

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Based on portability, the pediatric wheelchair market is segmented as standalone and portable. The portable segment accounted for a considerable market share in 2022 and was valued at over USD 809 million. The portable wheelchairs offer many benefits such as travel-friendly features, lightweight frames, and compact storage among others. Portable wheelchairs are versatile and can be used in various environments, both indoors and outdoors due to their ability to be transported easily. For instance, the launch of the Smoov One portable wheelchair by Invacare Corporation has the ability to dissemble while storage and transportation. Similarly, the Titan LTE portable powerchair has the ability to dissemble coupled with Bluetooth-enabled features for troubleshooting & diagnostics. Such technological advancements, innovative product launches by key industry players, and ongoing research activities in the portable wheelchair field will drive the segment growth during the projected period.

Pediatric Wheelchair Application Segmentation

Based on application, the pediatric wheelchair market is segmented as mobility and neurological conditions. The mobility segment held a dominant market share in 2022 and was valued at around USD 1.3 billion. Pediatric patients with chronic mobility impairments frequently need to use wheelchairs for everyday activities. The users of a motorized wheelchair can move around freely in indoor settings and as well as in the outdoors. Pediatric patients recovering from serious injuries also benefit from wheelchairs. Along with their standard forms, they are also available in several modifications, such as independent drive, standing wheelchairs, and portable wheelchairs. The easily modifiable seating systems, cushions, backrests, and the recline & tilt-in technology further attributes to the high demand for these products amongst pediatric patients suffering from chronic mobility disorders. Technological advancements in the field are also fueling the demand for pediatric wheelchair products.

Pediatric Wheelchair Distribution Channel Segmentation

Based on distribution channel, the pediatric wheelchair market is segmented as brick & mortar and e-commerce. The brick & mortar segment held a dominant market share in 2022 and was valued at around USD 1.2 billion. Pediatric wheelchairs are generally distributed through brick-and-mortar channels such as large pharmacies, retail shops, medical device distributors, etc. The established retail stores, pharmacies also offer the consumers counselling, physician assistance, etc. in choosing the wheelchairs. The key industry players have established their own distributors chain for efficient product penetration globally. For instance, Invacare Corporation has a sophisticated worldwide distribution network for effective reach of its products. Thus, the aforementioned factors are projected to fuel the business growth positively.

Pediatric Wheelchair End-use Segmentation

Based on end-use, the pediatric wheelchair market is segmented as hospital, home care, others. The home care segment is projected to reach more than USD 1.5 billion by the end of 2032. This high segmental share can be attributed to the exponential rise in demand for smart home healthcare services after the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to COVID-19 demand for the home care segment further increased as hospitals and clinics were accommodated with a high number of COVID-19 patients. Pediatric home healthcare provides several advantages such as comfort, personalized care, and individual attention among others.

For instance, according to a report published by Definitive Healthcare in 2021, the number of patients receiving home care in 2019 was around 5 million that increased to 12 million by the end of 2020. These statistics indicate substantial adoption of homecare that is anticipated to drive the market progress.

Pediatric wheelchair Regional Analysis

U.S. Pediatric Wheelchair Market Size

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The U.S. pediatric wheelchair market accounted for USD 551 million in revenue size in 2022 and is predicted to witness substantial market growth over the analysis timeline. This high market share is attributable to an increasing prevalence of disability among children, supportive government initiatives, and technological advancements among others. Technological advancements including the development of innovative and compact designs have improved the acceptance and adoption of pediatric wheelchairs. Favourable reimbursement policies in the U.S. will make pediatric wheelchairs more accessible and affordable for the population, therefore driving the demand.

Additionally, robust healthcare infrastructure, availability of a wide range of products, and increased awareness amongst caregivers & healthcare professionals also contribute to the product demand in the country. Therefore, the aforementioned factors are instrumental in spurring the demand for pediatric wheelchairs in the industry and thereby augment the market revenue.

Pediatric Wheelchair Industry Leaders

Some of the major market players operating in the pediatric wheelchair market are Carex Health, Drive Medical, Invacare Corporation, Karman Healthcare, Ki Mobility, Levo AG, and Medline among others. Major market players are adopting strategic formulations such as forward integration, new product development, geographical expansion, and research collaborations to garner maximum industry share and promote company growth.

Pediatric Wheelchair Industry News:

  • In November 2021, Permobil announced the acquisition of Panthera, a manufacturer of ultra-light active wheelchairs. This acquisition helped the company expand their consumer base with the expanded product offerings.
  • In March 2020, Invacare Corporation announced the launch of AVIVA front wheel drive power wheelchair. The product launch helped the company in further strengthening its presence in the power wheelchair industry.

Pediatric wheelchair market research report includes an in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD (million) and volume (Units) from 2018 to 2032 for the following segments:

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By Type, 2018 - 2032 (USD Million & Units)

  • Manual Wheelchairs
  • Powered Wheelchairs

By Portability, 2018 - 2032 (USD Million & Units)

  • Standalone
  • Portable

By Application, 2018 - 2032 (USD Million)

  • Mobility
  • Neurological Conditions

By Distribution Channel, 2018 - 2032 (USD Million)

  • Brick & Mortar
  • E-commerce

By End-use, 2018 - 2032 (USD Million)

  • Hospitals
  • Home care
  • Others

The above information is provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Spain
    • Italy
    • Poland
    • Switzerland
    • The Netherlands
  • Asia Pacific
    • Japan
    • China
    • India
    • Australia
    • South Korea
    • Indonesia
    • Philippines
    • Vietnam
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Argentina
    • Chile
    • Colombia
    • Peru
  • Middle East & Africa
    • South Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE
    • Israel
    • Iran
    • Turkey
Authors: Rupali Swain, Shishanka Wangnoo

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

The pediatric wheelchair industry value was around USD 1.7 billion in 2022 and will reach over USD 3.5 billion by the end of 2032.

The home care segment will reach more than USD 1.5 billion by the end of 2032 attributed to the exponential rise in demand for smart home healthcare services after the COVID-19 pandemic.

U.S. pediatric wheelchair market size was USD 551 million in 2022 and is predicted to witness substantial growth through 2032, attributable to an increasing prevalence of disability among children, supportive government initiatives, and technological advancements.

Carex Health, Drive Medical, Invacare Corporation, Karman Healthcare, Ki Mobility, Levo AG, and Medline among others.

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