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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?

Sigmund Hough, PhD

Neuropsychologist/Spinal Cord Injury Service, VA Boston Healthcare System

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The readiness really speaks to — readiness for what? Are you ready for an emergency? Are you ready to have your life taken away from you? Resistance is sometimes a factor in terms of, “I’m not really ready to deal with that.” We’re all ... Show More

The readiness really speaks to — readiness for what? Are you ready for an emergency? Are you ready to have your life taken away from you? Resistance is sometimes a factor in terms of, “I’m not really ready to deal with that.” We’re all under the drive that there are a certain number of days; your functioning improves and you’re out, and that’s that. Then there’s this other part of readiness in being able to accept, and being able to get back, and being able to be seen and being able to say, “Where can I be seen? I can been seen in a hospital and you all are making me feel good, when I get home they’ll make me feel good. But when I’m out in the community, when somebody doesn’t make me feel good, how does that affect me?” That’s a normal resistance, so a part of that is to say “Let’s do it in increments, let’s do it little by little, let’s do it with somebody you know is on your side.”

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

Sigmund Hough, PhD

Neuropsychologist/Spinal Cord Injury Service, VA Boston Healthcare System

More Videos by Sigmund Hough
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The readiness really speaks to — readiness for what? Are you ready for an emergency? Are you ready to have your life taken away from you? Resistance is sometimes a factor in terms of, “I’m not really ready to deal with that.” We’re all under the drive that there are a certain number of days; your functioning improves and you’re out, and that’s that. Then there’s this other part of readiness in being able to accept, and being able to get back, and being able to be seen and being able to say, “Where can I be seen? I can been seen in a hospital and you all are making me feel good, when I get home they’ll make me feel good. But when I’m out in the community, when somebody doesn’t make me feel good, how does that affect me?” That’s a normal resistance, so a part of that is to say “Let’s do it in increments, let’s do it little by little, let’s do it with somebody you know is on your side.”

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