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When should a person with a spinal cord injury return to work?

When should a person with a spinal cord injury return to work?

Lester Butt, PhD

Psychologist/Director, Psychology Department, Craig Hospital, Colorado

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I think that varies widely. I’ve seen people go back very soon, I’ve seen people wait, and again it’s that trajectory of readiness. I think it’s important though to go back kind of in stages—in transition. Test the waters after you get out ... Show More

I think that varies widely. I’ve seen people go back very soon, I’ve seen people wait, and again it’s that trajectory of readiness. I think it’s important though to go back kind of in stages—in transition. Test the waters after you get out of rehab, see what the new normal is for you. Get into a routine that makes sense and then gradually bite additional facets of the pie, but don’t try to eat the pie all at once—it’s a big pie and it will be there for you. So, I like the idea of a gradual transition.

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When should a person with a spinal cord injury return to work?

Lester Butt, PhD

Psychologist/Director, Psychology Department, Craig Hospital, Colorado

More Videos by Lester Butt
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I think that varies widely. I’ve seen people go back very soon, I’ve seen people wait, and again it’s that trajectory of readiness. I think it’s important though to go back kind of in stages—in transition. Test the waters after you get out of rehab, see what the new normal is for you. Get into a routine that makes sense and then gradually bite additional facets of the pie, but don’t try to eat the pie all at once—it’s a big pie and it will be there for you. So, I like the idea of a gradual transition.

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