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Long COVID and PT – Let’s Spell It Out

Understanding Long COVID

Long COVID, is a condition in-which individuals experience persistent symptoms for weeks or even months after recovering from COVID-19. The symptoms can vary, but may include fatigue, shortness of breath, brain fog, chest pain, joint pain, and sleep problems

Negative Effects of Long COVID

These symptoms can make it difficult for individuals to perform daily activities and negatively impact their quality of life. According to an article in the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention, long COVID can lead to persistent lung damage, myocarditis, arrhythmias, thromboembolic events, and neuropsychiatric symptoms. It can also cause physical de-conditioning, muscle weakness, and reduced endurance.

How Physical Therapy Can Help Long Covid Symptoms

However, physical therapy can be an effective treatment option to help manage symptoms and improve physical function. According to a recent article in the journal Physical Therapy, “physical therapy interventions, including exercise and activity-based interventions, may have the potential to improve physical function, psychological well-being, and overall health status in individuals with long COVID.”

Physical therapy interventions may include breathing exercises, endurance and resistance training, balance and coordination training, and education on energy conservation and pacing. By addressing a wide range of impairments and functional limitations, physical therapy can play a significant role in the rehabilitation of individuals with long COVID.

Additional Studies Have Shown

Several recent studies have highlighted the benefits of physical therapy for individuals with long COVID. A study published in the Journal of Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy found that “aerobic exercise, resistance training, and education on energy conservation and pacing have been shown to improve physical function and reduce fatigue in individuals with long COVID.”

Another study in the Journal of Physiotherapy found that physical therapy interventions, including endurance and resistance training, can improve physical function and reduce fatigue in individuals with long COVID.

What Other Experts Are Saying About Long Covid and PT

Here are some additional input about the benefits of physical therapy for individuals with long COVID:

  • “Physical therapy can help individuals with long COVID recover more quickly and effectively, and can also help prevent long-term complications.” – Physical Therapy Journal
  • “Physical therapy can help patients recover their physical function, reduce pain, and improve their quality of life.” – JAMA Health Forum
  • “Physical therapy interventions, such as aerobic exercise and resistance training, have been shown to improve physical function and reduce fatigue in individuals with long COVID.” – Journal of Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy

The Importance of Tailored Treatments for Long Covid

It is important to note that not all physical therapy programs are created equal. In order to achieve optimal outcomes, it is crucial to work with a physical therapist who has experience working with individuals with long COVID. We at Catalyst can develop a tailored treatment plan that addresses the unique symptoms and functional limitations, and work with you to ensure that the program can be incorporated into your daily life. By doing so, you can maximize the benefits of physical therapy and improve your overall quality of life.

How Catalyst Can Help

Long COVID can have a significant negative impact on an individual’s physical and mental health. However, physical therapy can be a valuable tool in managing symptoms and improving physical function. If you or someone you know is experiencing long COVID symptoms, consider consulting with the Catalyst PT team to discuss treatment options. With the help of physical therapy, you can manage your symptoms and regain your strength and independence.  Call us today at   727-286-8408  or reach out to us at info@catalystpt.org 

 

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