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Simple things matter! How reassurance and pain management strategies can improve outcomes in physiotherapy: a case report

Léonard, Guillaumea,b; Tousignant-Laflamme, Yannickb; Mercier, Catherinea

International Journal of Rehabilitation Research: March 2013 - Volume 36 - Issue 1 - p 88–90
doi: 10.1097/MRR.0b013e328359a2e4
Case report

Psychological barriers to rehabilitation are generally viewed as pre-existing patient traits that clinicians are asked to evaluate and modify. In the present case report, we provide evidence that these barriers can also be involuntarily created or perpetuated by the clinician himself when too much attention is placed on physical abnormalities. Without discarding the need to treat the presumed biological source of pain, these observations remind rehabilitation professionals about the importance of showing a confident and reassuring attitude toward pain patients to reduce anxiety, promote physical activity, and reinforce self-management strategies.

aCentre interdisciplinaire de recherche en réadaptation et en intégration sociale (CIRRIS), Laval University, Quebec city

bFaculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, School of Rehabilitation, University of Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada

Correspondence to Guillaume Léonard, PT, PhD, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, School of Rehabilitation, University of Sherbrooke, 3001 12th Avenue North, Sherbrooke (Quebec), Canada J1H 5N4 Tel: +1 819 820 6868, x12933; fax: +1 819 820 6864; e-mail: guillaume.leonard2@usherbrooke.ca

Received May 30, 2012

Accepted August 9, 2012

© 2013 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.