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ESA PROPEL A WHEELCHAIR 8 months 4 weeks ago #174752

Hi all,

I am in need of some help regarding the ESA85 assessors report and her opinion.
Due to the disorder of my Lumbar Spine and Lower Limb restrictions (Spinal Stenosis, Failed Back Surgery, Permanent nerve damage that prevents me from being able to sit upright due the escalation of the severe chronic pain and discomfort in my lower back, bottom, legs and feet, this was my SG re-assessment for ESA which I have been in since 2012. IB since 1990.

The Personal summary statement:

She stood for a couple of minutes using her crutches and then she knelt leaning against a chair for most of the interview. She has some limited movements in upper and lower limbs but power and grip in both hands was normal. Since she only has a lower back problem she should be able to use aids to improve her mobility, including a self propelling wheelchair, if needed, for reasonable distances.

She reports when reclining in her chair during the day she will have to get up after 30mins to move.
She should be able to alternate sitting and standing for reasonable periods of time.
She reports no mental health problem, problems with mental health activities are due to her back problems.

I wanted to know if the Healthcare Professional (registered nurse) is allowed to predict my ability to use a wheelchair.

Thank You

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ESA PROPEL A WHEELCHAIR 8 months 4 weeks ago #174765


ESA is not a walking test, it is a Mobility test! In addition to your walking it considers your ability to self-propel a manual wheelchair over the same distances, you do not need to be using a wheelchair or even to own one for it to be considered. SO even if you can show your walking is restricted, unless you can also show that you cannot self-propel the wheelchair you will still not score points.

So I'm afraid it is perfectly reasonable for the assessor to have considered whether you could use a wheelchair or not.

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