Although it can be terribly difficult to recover from a back, neck, or spine injury, helping a loved one recover can prove just as trying. It’s often frustrating and discouraging to witness a loved one struggle with everyday activities and fail to quickly improve.
If you feel you are alone in helping your loved one recover, consider this. While thousands of Americans experience some sort of traumatic back, neck, or spine injury every single year, just as many Americans experience the unsettling responsibility of having to care for friends or family members after traumatic injuries. You are not alone.
Your loved one might be the early stages of recovery, or perhaps they’re deep in the throes of recovery. Either way, there are certain things you can do to assist and support your loved one through physical rehabilitation:
- Be proactive
- Be present
- Be smart
- Be creative
- Be patient
- Be easy on yourself