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How do you help patients with a spinal cord injury overcome resistance to rehabilitation?

How do you help patients with a spinal cord injury overcome resistance to rehabilitation?

Samuel Gordon, PhD

Psychologist, MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital, Washington, D.C.

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We first join with the patient, that is we reach out to the patient, let them know we know this is tough. We don’t try to deny the fact that it is a challenge, but let them know that there is a big light at the end of the tunnel, that they will act... Show More

We first join with the patient, that is we reach out to the patient, let them know we know this is tough. We don’t try to deny the fact that it is a challenge, but let them know that there is a big light at the end of the tunnel, that they will actually benefit from this and become one of the team members that will determine what rehab goals will be set. They will be a part of that process, so they don’t feel like they’re resisting external forces but that they’re actually joining those individuals to become a better person.

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How do you help patients with a spinal cord injury overcome resistance to rehabilitation?

Samuel Gordon, PhD

Psychologist, MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital, Washington, D.C.

More Videos by Samuel Gordon
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We first join with the patient, that is we reach out to the patient, let them know we know this is tough. We don’t try to deny the fact that it is a challenge, but let them know that there is a big light at the end of the tunnel, that they will actually benefit from this and become one of the team members that will determine what rehab goals will be set. They will be a part of that process, so they don’t feel like they’re resisting external forces but that they’re actually joining those individuals to become a better person.

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