Wheelchair Market Size & Share, by Type (Electric, Front, Center, Rear Wheel Drive); Product (Manual, Smart, Powered/Electronic); Verticals (Handicapped, Neurologically Impaired); End-user (Homecare, Rehabilitation Centers, Hospitals, Clinics) - Global Supply & Demand Analysis, Growth Forecasts, Statistics Report 2023-2033

  • Report ID: 4631
  • Published Date: Feb 13, 2023
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Global Market Size, Forecast, and Trend Highlights Over 2023-2033

Wheelchair Market size is expected to surpass USD 14 billion by the end of 2033, witnessing around 7% CAGR during the forecast period, i.e., 2023-2033. In the year 2022, the industry size of wheelchair was USD 4 billion. The growth of the market can be attributed to the increasing occurrence of spinal cord injuries, along with the increasing prevalence of physical disability in children. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Centre, every year in the US, around 17,700 new spinal cord injuries occur, with vehicular crashes being the leading cause of injury. The wheelchair is a highly used assistive device for providing and facilitating personal mobility. It satisfies the lifestyle and physical needs of people who have difficulty in walking.

Global wheelchair market trends such as, the technological advancements in wheelchair designs in the form of the installation of Bluetooth, electrical, and others are expected to drive future sales for the market. Moreover, the wheelchairs are ideal for users with no upper body strength. Therefore, the older generations are expected to suffer from mobility disorders with growing age, which is anticipated to increase the demand for wheelchairs. According to World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations, globally around 131 million of the total population requires a wheelchair, while only around 21 million individuals get access.

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Wheelchair Sector: Growth Drivers and Challenges

Growth Drivers

  • Growing Number of People Suffering from Disability – Based on the data provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), it was noticed that around 1.3 billion people across the globe are living with a disability, summing up to 16% of the global population.

  • Many disabilities occur from the interaction of health conditions with individuals, such as, down syndrome, depression, vertebral palsy, and others. Physical disabilities manipulate the person’s ability to function and execute certain activities. Several respective health conditions require wheelchairs so the patients can travel from one place to another with comfort.
  • Rising Geriatric Population – Elderly population is more prone to receive physical disabilities across the globe, and it is estimated to drive market growth during the forecast period. The percentage of people over 60 worldwide is projected to be doubled from 12 to 22% between 2015 and 2050.

  • Growing Incidences of Spinal Cord Injuries – Spinal cord    injuries can affect the functionality of legs and other parts of the body since it transmits information between the body and the brain. For instance, it was observed that between 300,000 and 500,000 people across the globe suffer from spinal cord injuries every year.

  • Estimated Growth in the Utilization of Wheelchairs – It was estimated that approximately 3 million people in the United States use a wheelchair, and approximately 1 million of them are above 65. Furthermore, wheelchair users are projected to grow by nearly 1 million every year in a similar region.


  • High Cost of Wheelchair

  • Depending on the quality, size, brand, and features of a wheelchair, the cost goes high. In modern wheelchairs, multiple features are installed to provide better services to the users, and this may also increase the cost of wheelchairs. Thus, the high cost of wheelchairs is estimated to restrain the growth of the market over the forecast period.
  • Facing Inconsistent Technical Glitches and Faults
  • Lack of access to Assistive Medical Equipment

Wheelchair Market: Key Insights

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Forecast Year




Base Year Market Size (2022)

~ USD 4 Billion

Forecast Year Market Size (2033)

~ USD 14 Billion

Regional Scope

  • North America (U.S., and Canada)
  • Latin America (Mexico, Argentina, Rest of Latin America)
  • Asia-Pacific (Japan, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, NORDIC, Rest of Europe)
  • Middle East and Africa (Israel, GCC North Africa, South Africa, Rest of the Middle East and Africa)
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Wheelchair Segmentation

Product (Manual, Smart, Powered/Electronic)

The global wheelchair market is segmented and analyzed for demand and supply by product into manual, smart, and powered/electronic wheelchair. Out of these sub-segments, the powered/electronic wheelchair segment is estimated to gain the largest market share over the projected time frame. The growth of the segment can be attributed to the ease of use of electronic wheelchairs, especially for older people, as manual wheelchairs are not equipped with batteries and are needed to be operated manually. Opposed to manual wheelchairs, electric wheelchair run on a power source and can be operated by the patients themselves. Besides this, the radically increasing prevalence of chronic disorders is another major factor that is accelerating the growth of the market over the projected timeframe. For instance, the global prevalence of chronic diseases increased by 60% by the end of 2020 globally.

Verticals (Handicapped, Neurologically Impaired)

The global wheelchair market is also segmented and analyzed for demand and supply by verticals into handicapped, neurologically impaired, and others. Amongst these segments, the handicapped segment is expected to garner a significant share. The number of patients suffering from mobility disorders is increasing exponentially. Additionally, movement is stated to be one of the most common forms of disability. Handicapped people are unable to move their bodies in the desired manner and need additional assistance to make certain movements. In this case, wheelchairs are highly utilized by these people for general transportation. For instance, out of the nearly 1 billion residents of India, approximately 2% of them suffer from severe physical disabilities.

Our in-depth analysis of the global market includes the following segments:

           By Type

  • Electric Wheelchair
  • Front Wheel Drive
  • Center Wheel Drive
  • Rear Wheel Drive

           By Product

  • Manual Wheelchair
  • Smart Wheelchair
  • Powered/Electronic Wheelchair

           By Verticals

  • Handicapped
  • Neurologically Impaired
  • Others

           By End-User

  • Homecare
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Others

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Wheelchair Industry - Regional Synopsis

North American Market Forecast   

The North America wheelchair market, amongst the market in all the other regions, is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2033. The growth of the market can be attributed majorly to the increasing number of disabled people owing to the rising sports injuries and road accidents. As of 2020, approximately 12% of the population residing in the United States was estimated to have some sort of disability. Furthermore, a high prevalence of self-care disability has been observed, where people face difficulties in bathing and dressing. For instance, more than 3% of the U.S. population suffers from self-care disability. Additionally, growth in the regional geriatric population with severe disabilities is also expected to push the market growth over the forecast period. Some biological facts and the decay in the bones over time are responsible for causing disability in geriatrics owing to which personal mobility devices are increasingly used among the older generation in the region. Furthermore, spinal cord and neurological disorders are also very common in geriatrics, since at a certain point in time, the functionality of the human brain begins to slow down. For instance, in the United States, it was observed that half of the geriatric lives with a severe disability. Hence, all these factors are projected to expand the market size during the forecast period.

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Companies Dominating the Wheelchair Landscape

    • Medline plc

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      • Financial Performance
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      • Recent Development
      • Regional Presence
      • SWOT Analysis
    • Medical Depot, Inc.
    • Numotion LLC
    • Seating Matters Global Ltd
    • Karman Healthcare
    • Sunrise Medical LLC
    • Invacare Corporation
    • Carex Health Brands, Inc.
    • Pride Mobility Products Corporation
    • GF Health Products, Inc.


In The News

  • Sunrise Medical LLC to launch a premium made-to-measure manual wheelchair range, RKG. This range is categorized to be premium and most advanced and is available in North America. RKG range is trusted by multiple professional athletes.

  • Invacare Corporation introduces the next generation of Invacare power mobility products with the AVIVA STORM RX power wheelchair, setting a new standard for rear-wheel drive power mobility.

Author Credits:  Radhika Gupta, Shivam Bhutani

  • Report ID: 4631
  • Published Date: Feb 13, 2023
  • Report Format: PDF, PPT

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Growing number of people suffering from disabilities and the growing geriatric population are the major factors driving the market growth.

The market is anticipated to attain a CAGR of 7% over the forecast period, i.e., 2023-2033.

Facing inconsistent technical glitches and faults is estimated to be the growth hindering factor for the market expansion.

The market in the North America region is projected to hold the largest market share by the end of 2033 and provide more business opportunities in the future.

The major players in the market are Medical Depot, Inc., Numotion LLC, Seating Matters Global Ltd, Karman Healthcare, Sunrise Medical LLC, Invacare Corporation, Carex Health Brands, Inc., Pride Mobility Products Corporation, and others.

The company profiles are selected based on the revenues generated from the product segment, the geographical presence of the company which determines the revenue generating capacity as well as the new products being launched into the market by the company.

The market is segmented by type, product, verticals, end-user, and by region.

The powered/electronic wheelchair segment is anticipated to garner the largest market size by the end of 2033 and display significant growth opportunities.
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