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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?

Toby Huston, PhD

Psychologist, Craig Hospital, Colorado

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For some people, they’ve tried to put themselves into one box or another. Either, “I have hope that I’m going to walk again and so I don’t need the wheelchair,” or, “I given up on any hope of walking again and I’ll fully embrace the whe... Show More

For some people, they’ve tried to put themselves into one box or another. Either, “I have hope that I’m going to walk again and so I don’t need the wheelchair,” or, “I given up on any hope of walking again and I’ll fully embrace the wheelchair.” I talk to people about, “We’re complicated beings and that more than one thing can be true. I can choose to temporally use this chair while I need it to get around.” And it doesn’t say anything about, “I hope someday not to need it”.

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

Toby Huston, PhD

Psychologist, Craig Hospital, Colorado

More Videos by Toby Huston
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For some people, they’ve tried to put themselves into one box or another. Either, “I have hope that I’m going to walk again and so I don’t need the wheelchair,” or, “I given up on any hope of walking again and I’ll fully embrace the wheelchair.” I talk to people about, “We’re complicated beings and that more than one thing can be true. I can choose to temporally use this chair while I need it to get around.” And it doesn’t say anything about, “I hope someday not to need it”.

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