Long-Haul COVID and the benefits of Physical Therapy

Here we are now more than 2 years into the Covid-19 global pandemic.

We are still learning so much about the transmission, symptomalogy, variants, containment, treatment, and best practices in healthcare.  Many people who have been infected deal with long-term effects and symptoms, which collectively has been given the name of “Long-Covid”.  This is now officially recognized by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).


Long-Covid often includes difficulties with cognition (“brain fog”) as well as limitations with physical endurance and capacity for activity.  In fact, the top three symptoms reported by Long-Covid sufferers are fatigue, post-exertional malaise, and cognitive dysfunction.  For many, Long-Covid can significantly affect their return to normal lifestyle interests due to the physical struggles.  In addition, Long-Covid relates to decreased capacity to function at work, leading to increased sick days and even unemployment for some. 


Did you know that Long-Covid symptoms can be addressed through physical therapy (PT), and that PT’s are well-equipped to help you work to restore your best function?  A recent statement at the World Physiotherapy conference in London supported the role of PT’s in developing appropriate individualized exercise regimens “with special consideration for pacing to avoid Post-Exertional Symptom Exacerbation (PESE), cardiac impairment, and other breathing and cardiac issues”. 


If you are one of the many Long-Covid sufferers, please consider PT as a component in helping you restore your fullest function. 


-- Brooks Aberg, DPT, OCS

Posted by isabellesiegrist at 7/25/2022 9:49:00 PM
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