Rehabilitation or the restoration of a seriously disabled spinal-injured patient to an economic position in the community must start as soon as possible after the patient’s admission to a spinal unit. If weeks elapse before an active rehabilitation program begins, the patient becomes demoralized and is unable to begin developing a plan for the future. This prevents enthusiasm for a return to work activity. A pattern of life is established in which the patient becomes subdued, but nevertheless seemingly content. An active, constant, aggressive, restorative program does a great deal toward overcoming the depression that occurs in all disabled people. Paraplegia and tetraplegia are the most severe of the physical disabilities with which man can survive and retain a normal mental outlook. A large percentage of people admitted to hospital with paraplegia and tetraplegia are not those with the greatest scholastic ability.


Social Worker Medical Officer Disable People Vocational Rehabilitation Disable Person 
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  1. Kessler H (1964) Rehabilitation and the medical profession. 1st Pan Pacific Conference, Hong KongGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • George M. Bedbrook
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  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryRoyal Perth HospitalAustralia
  2. 2.Royal Perth Rehabilitation HospitalShenton ParkWestern Australia

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