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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Received May 30, 2012
Accepted August 9, 2012