Be Optimistic & Re-assure!


I often tell my patients that I have had past patients with similar conditions who have recovered, I find this gives them the necessary confidence to trust me as a health care professional and comply with my instructions.

Hypothetically visualize a patient with ?chronic? neck pain standing in front of a highly respected Orthopaedic Surgeon wearing a white lab coat. Now imagine the Orthopaedic Surgeon telling the patient, ?there is no hope for you ?your MRI shows that your neck is a mess and no therapy will ever help you!?

What effects can these comments potentially have on this patient? Certainly not positive!

Re-assuring the patient of recovery may potentially be the most powerful and influential component of Physical Therapy management.

Posted on: July 21, 2002

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