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How do you answer the question “Will I ever walk again?” after a spinal cord injury?

How do you answer the question “Will I ever walk again?” after a spinal cord injury?

Laura Tuck, PsyD

Psychologist, Memphis VA Medical Center

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I think it’s important to approach it with the patient based upon both their goals and also the medical information that we have. And so we’ll provide some education about the initial ASIA exam that they had after the injury, and some basic stati... Show More

I think it’s important to approach it with the patient based upon both their goals and also the medical information that we have. And so we’ll provide some education about the initial ASIA exam that they had after the injury, and some basic statistics about what we know. We’ll provide some literature so that they can know what to expect at certain different levels of injury. Within that, we’ll also talk about the fact that statistics cover a broad range and that not everybody is the same. And so when we’re looking at the question, “Will I walk again?” it depends upon the level of injury and the progress in rehab. It’s an approach that we have to look at day-by-day in rehab, and see how they’re responding to the various treatments.

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How do you answer the question “Will I ever walk again?” after a spinal cord injury?

Laura Tuck, PsyD

Psychologist, Memphis VA Medical Center

More Videos by Laura Tuck
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I think it’s important to approach it with the patient based upon both their goals and also the medical information that we have. And so we’ll provide some education about the initial ASIA exam that they had after the injury, and some basic statistics about what we know. We’ll provide some literature so that they can know what to expect at certain different levels of injury. Within that, we’ll also talk about the fact that statistics cover a broad range and that not everybody is the same. And so when we’re looking at the question, “Will I walk again?” it depends upon the level of injury and the progress in rehab. It’s an approach that we have to look at day-by-day in rehab, and see how they’re responding to the various treatments.

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