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How do you deal with patients with a spinal cord injury who don’t want to use a wheelchair?

How do you deal with patients with a spinal cord injury who don’t want to use a wheelchair?

Terrie Price, PhD

Neuropsychologist/Director of Neuropsychology and Family Services, Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City, Missouri

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That ties often to a fear of being in a wheelchair long-term. And that’s an understandable concern; it’s a major life change for the individual and in conceptualizing themselves in that way can be very scary. I think it’s important to sit and l... Show More

That ties often to a fear of being in a wheelchair long-term. And that’s an understandable concern; it’s a major life change for the individual and in conceptualizing themselves in that way can be very scary. I think it’s important to sit and listen what is it that the individual is fearful for, what are they concerned will happen and again trying to tie it back to what do you need to do for now. Whatever we’re working on now doesn’t mean forever, we don’t know what forever is, I don’t even know what tomorrow is, but we can deal with what we need to work on now.

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How do you deal with patients with a spinal cord injury who don’t want to use a wheelchair?

Terrie Price, PhD

Neuropsychologist/Director of Neuropsychology and Family Services, Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City, Missouri

More Videos by Terrie Price
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That ties often to a fear of being in a wheelchair long-term. And that’s an understandable concern; it’s a major life change for the individual and in conceptualizing themselves in that way can be very scary. I think it’s important to sit and listen what is it that the individual is fearful for, what are they concerned will happen and again trying to tie it back to what do you need to do for now. Whatever we’re working on now doesn’t mean forever, we don’t know what forever is, I don’t even know what tomorrow is, but we can deal with what we need to work on now.

How do you deal with patients with a spinal cord injury who don’t want to use a wheelchair?
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