07 | Return-to-Work

Martin – Active Steps Toward Returning to Work

Martin's Story

Martin had been a motorcycle enthusiast for most of his young adult life. Despite the risks, he had been both skillful and fortunate in avoiding accidents...until one mid-summer day when Martin was involved in a motorcycle collision. It was a devastating accident that he luckily survived.

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Assessment of Issues Related to the Back

Assessment

As with every Rehab-Cycle®, an assessment that took into account the perspectives of both Martin (the patient perspective) and his rehabilitation team (the health professional perspective) was performed. For a clearer picture, the assessment also took into consideration the outcome and experience of the vocational rehabilitation (VR) process in the prior weeks.

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Evaluation

Two months after the intervention phase started in this Rehab-Cycle®, an evaluation of Martin's progress in the designated intervention targets revealed that he had made significant progress in multiple areas.

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Discussion

At the end of rehabilitation I really made some big gains  – independence in using the wheelchair, better self-care and being able to position my body...I also hope to get a car and be able to drive. The most important thing for me is to be able to work once I’m discharged. The support I’ve received [from the vocational rehabilitation counsellor] has been a tremendous help. I’m now even thinking of asking my old boss at the moving company if there is work that I could do there.

Martin, reflecting on his progress and his future

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