Physical Therapy Can Aid in Post-COVID-19 Recovery
Here at First Choice Physical Therapy, we are stepping up our efforts in helping those in the community who are recovering from COVID-19. As more research is done, it’s being discovered that there are several lasting effects from the virus, many of which are causing challenges that can continue for unprecedented amounts of time.
We are seeing a growing number of Post-Covid cases over the past several months and have developed a comprehensive program designed to address the specific needs of those with Post-COVID Syndrome.
At our clinics, we continue to take the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the virus as we help those who are recovering.
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Common physical conditions our COVID-Rehabilitation Program treats.
● Pulmonary Congestion
● Shortness of breath, Poor O2 saturation with activity
● Decreased balance
● Difficulty walking
● Body aches/joint pain
“Dean Smith, MD (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Specialist): Without rehabilitation, many post-COVID-19 patients will continue to have weakness and/or cognitive impairment for a long time, and perhaps permanently. We know from other diseases that cause ICU-level hospitalizations and neurologic disorders that the more — and earlier — rehabilitation occurs, the better the outcome.”
How Can Therapy Help with Recovery?
● Aerobic exercise and reconditioning for improved pulmonary health
● Breathing exercises to increase lung function and capacity
● Postural Drainage with vibratory massage to help clear the lungs
● Endurance training
● Upper and lower body strengthening exercises
● Balance and gait training
● Manual therapy
Getting On the Road to Recovery!
Regardless of the symptoms, our physical therapists at First Choice Physical Therapy perform a comprehensive body systems evaluation and design an individualized rehabilitation program. Patient vitals are monitored during sessions, and programs are progressed when body systems are strong enough to handle the increased demand.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve been experiencing the above-mentioned lingering side effects from COVID-19 or another illness altogether; therapeutic intervention may benefit you and help you get back to living as normally as possible. Call First Choice Physical Therapy today to set up an appointment and learn more about what we’re doing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
K. Kimbrell was diagnosed with Covid-19 on 10/29/2020; she developed pneumonia and was given 3 rounds of steroids plus 3 rounds of antibiotics over 4 months. The lasting effects of Covid-19 kept her from holding her son, working, hiking, and other aspects of her daily life. Walking down the hall left her panting and gasping for air, causing her heart rate to spike above 140 bpm. When K. Kimbrell began physical therapy, she was given breathing exercises to help better expand her lungs and more efficiently utilize her diaphragm and other respiratory muscles. She also received postural drainage with a vibratory massage to clear her lungs.
In her own words, she stated,
“The postural drainage was epic. I never coughed up anything when I had pneumonia, but the drainage that came out during treatment changed everything. That was when I started to improve by leaps and bounds!”
Some other improvements she experienced were a lower and steady heart rate, normal breathing without any pain, and she is able to play with her kids again and go back to work without the extreme exhaustion and fatigue she had before. In her own words, “therapy has given me my life back.”