Rehabilitation for Covid-19 Recovery
Coronavirus, or COVID-19, has touched every community across our country. While the impact has been devastating to many, there are thousands of patients who are successfully recovering thanks to the tireless efforts of scientists and healthcare workers who have come together to manage the virus.
Many of those who have contracted the virus have fully recovered. There are, however, others who are continuing to suffer from lasting side effects, even after their body fights off the virus. Some common Post-Coronavirus symptoms include fatigue, poor mobility, weakness and difficulty breathing. Impairments in muscle strength, heart and lung capacity, pain, balance, endurance, and walking ability can also lead to a loss of function and independence.
While the severity of these symptoms can vary greatly, many post-COVID-19 patients can benefit from physical therapy provided by a therapist skilled in treating the symptoms and deconditioning that often accompanies the side effects of the virus.
Our BASE Program
Our post-COVID-19 exercise and recovery program is designed to enable patients to return to the activities they enjoyed prior to contracting the virus. This program is staffed by therapists skilled in the treatment of post-coronavirus symptoms, and it is designed to meet the unique needs of each patient. Depending on the depth of the symptoms that patients are experiencing, most will engage in our well-balanced "BASE" program. This program includes a variety of basic components that focus on upper and lower body strengthening, breathing exercises, and balance training, as needed:
- Balance training to reduce fall risk
- Aerobic training to improve cardiovascular and pulmonary health
- Strength training to restore lost muscle and strength
- Endurance training to reduce fatigue and promote participation in pre-COVID activities
A critical component of any post-COVID-19 recovery program is the close monitoring of vital signs as a patient engages in the various activities. Vital signs such as blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen levels, and respiration rate, are measured regularly throughout the program, ensuring the patient is adapting to the exercises as the intensity of the program increases.
If you or someone you know could benefit from physical therapy as it relates to post-COVID-19 symptoms, please request an appointment.