GVR Report cover Manual Wheelchair Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Manual Wheelchair Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Category (Adult, Pediatric), By End-use (Hospitals, Outpatient Facilities, Homecare) By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2023 - 2030

  • Report ID: GVR-4-68040-120-2
  • Number of Pages: 110
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)
  • Historical Range: 2018 - 2021
  • Industry: Healthcare

Report Overview  

The global manual wheelchair market size was valued at USD 2.9 billion in 2022 and is anticipated to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.4% from 2023 to 2030. Manual wheelchairs are the most common form of mobility assistive devices providing mobility support to the disabled and geriatric population. This type of wheelchair is propelled by the user or pushed by another person and is differentiated into three types: self-propelled, attendant-propelled, and wheelbase. The increase in the geriatric population and the surge in the number of spinal cord injury cases that require mobility assistance are some of the key factors boosting the market growth.    

U.S. manual wheelchair Market size and growth rate, 2023 - 2030

The demand for manual wheelchairs is expected to increase on account of the prevalence of chronic disease and the rise in risk of lifestyle-associated diseases among a wide population due to the increase in incidences of obesity & sedentary lifestyles. For instance, According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, around 17,730 spinal cord injury cases happen every year in the U.S., and the leading cause of injury is vehicular crashes. Thus, the U.S. stands as a key market for manual wheelchairs.

The COVID-19 epidemic has suggestively affected the mobility and transport sectors. It had disturbed the supply channel of the manual wheelchair to a great level. Wheelchair manufacturing was limited across numerous countries due to lockdowns being executed. Hospitals have observed steady demand owing to a rise in the number of elderly people getting admitted owing to the COVID-19 infection. With the revised COVID-19 restrictions, companies are expected to resume operations.

Developing countries such as India are expected to be key revenue generators for manual wheelchair manufacturers over the forecast period. The country has one of the highest rates of road accidents at a global level, leaving several people disabled. It also has one of the highest disabled populations at a global level. In terms of availability and adoption, the country is still at the nascent stage, however, with supportive government initiatives and growing awareness among consumers, the demand for manual wheelchairs is expected to rise in the years to come.

Category Insights

The adults segment dominated the manual wheelchairs market and accounted for the largest revenue share of 68.4% in 2022. The segment is projected to continue its dominance over the forecast period. This is mainly due to the rise in the elderly population globally, which forms part of the definition of adults. Adults comprise individuals from the age group of 18 onwards. Disability in older people due to arthritis pain, or stiffness in a knee, hip, ankle, or foot increases the demand for manual wheelchairs.

The pediatric segment is also expected to grow significantly owing to the increase in the number of childhood disorders such as cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is one of the most common movement disorders that require wheelchairs.  According to the Cerebral Palsy Guidance, over 10,000 babies in the U.S. are born with this disorder each year. It is the most commonly diagnosed movement disability of childhood in the U.S. Thus, the pediatric segment is expected to be a key revenue generator for manual wheelchair manufacturers in the coming years.

End-Use Insights

On the basis of end-use, the global market has been divided into hospitals, outpatient facilities, and homecare. The hospitals segment dominated the market and accounted for the largest revenue share of more than 55.3% in 2022 owing to the high volume of patients due to the increasing chronic diseases globally and increased financing and services capabilities of these healthcare settings. This growth is credited to the rise in cases of medical emergencies that require manual wheelchairs. The post-surgical processes drive the demand for manual wheelchairs. In hospitals, these chairs are mostly used for a visit to a doctor’s office in a large-scale medical facility and for transporting patients.

Global manual wheelchair Market share and size, 2022

Homecare registered the highest growth rate of 7.7% due to the rise in the number of patients using manual wheelchairs at home, the increase in demand for manual wheelchairs in homecare settings, and the rise in geriatric population drives the growth of the market.

Regional Insights

North America dominated the global market in 2022 and accounted for the largest revenue share of 35.2%. This growth is owing to the major target population and rising adoption of manual wheelchairs. Moreover, the presence of a large number of market players in the region will; further boost the market growth during the forecast period. The region is continuously developing cost-efficient and advanced devices for patients to capture a huge share of the market.  

manual wheelchair Market Trends, by Region, 2023 - 2030

Asia Pacific is projected to register the fastest CAGR during the forecast period. The APAC region is backed by a great population base in countries, such as China and India, owing to the improvements in healthcare facilities and growing government initiatives for offering quality mobility devices. In addition, the high geriatric population in countries, such as Japan, also supports market growth. Moreover, economic strides made by countries, such as China, India, and South Korea, coupled with improvements in healthcare infrastructure will contribute to the region’s growth.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The market players are focusing on adopting various growth strategies, such as partnerships and expansion of product portfolio, to retain their market position. For instance, the market players are introducing innovative technologies to expand their product portfolio. For instance, in July 2021, Sunrise Medical launched QUICKIE Nitrum ultra-light wheelchair which offers the highest rigidity and strength. Some of the prominent players in the global manual wheelchair market include:

  • Carex Health Brands, Inc.

  • Drive Medical Design & Manufacturing

  • Graham-Field Health Products Inc.

  • Invacare

  • Medline

  • Sunrise Medical LLC

  • Karman Healthcare

  • Quantum Rehab

  • Numotion

  • Pride Mobility Products Corp. 

Manual Wheelchair Market Report Scope

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2023

USD 3.2 billion

Revenue forecast in 2030

USD 5.2 billion

Growth rate

CAGR of 7.4% from 2023 to 2030

Base year for estimation


Historic data

2018 - 2021

Forecast period

2023 - 2030

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million/billion and CAGR from 2023 to 2030

Report coverage

Revenue forecast, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Category, end-use, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Latin America; Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S.; Canada; U.K.; Germany; France; Italy; Spain; Sweden; Denmark; Norway; Japan; India; China; Australia; South Korea; Thailand; Brazil; Mexico; Argentina; South Africa; Saudi Arabia; UAE; Kuwait

Key companies profiled

Carex Health Brands, Inc.; Drive Medical Design & Manufacturing; Graham-Field Health Products, Inc.; Invacare; Medline; Sunrise Medical LLC; Karman Healthcare; Quantum Rehab; Numotion; Pride Mobility Products Corp.

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Global Manual Wheelchair Market Report Segmentation

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2018 to 2030. For this study, Grand View Research has segmented the global manual wheelchair market report based on category, end-use, and region:

Global manual wheelchair Market Report Segmentation

  • Category Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Adult

    • Pediatric

  • End-use Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Hospitals

    • Outpatient Facilities

    • Homecare  

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

    • Europe

      • Germany

      • U.K.

      • France

      • Italy

      • Spain

      • Sweden

      • Denmark

      • Norway

    • Asia Pacific

      • Japan

      • China

      • India

      • Australia

      • South Korea

      • Thailand

    • Latin America

      • Brazil

      • Mexico

      • Argentina

    • MEA

      • South Africa

      • Saudi Arabia

      • UAE

      • Kuwait

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