Physical Therapist Services for Recovering From COVID-19
COVID-19 continues to cause big disruptions to all areas of life. It presents a serious threat to health and function — for some, long after the infection is gone. Physical therapists are uniquely qualified to help before, during, and after the illness.
Physical therapists empower people to achieve more movement. Doing the recommended amount of physical activity can reduce your risk for chronic diseases. Research suggests that people who are physically active have lower odds for severe problems and death from COVID-19.
Physical therapists work with patients who have COVID-19 in the hospital or intensive care unit to reduce problems. After the initial illness, they provide treatment to help people regain their:
- Cardiovascular endurance.
People with more severe cases or who needed intensive care, may develop post-intensive care syndrome. Others (between 10% and 30%) — even people with mild cases — may develop a condition called long COVID-19 . They need a highly personalized plan of care that includes working with a doctor and a physical therapist. Treatment for symptoms that linger after COVID-19 is not simple, and recovery can take a long time.
Physical therapists can help improve many deficits resulting from the virus or lengthy bed rest. The goal of physical therapy for long COVID-19 is to help people return to their home, work, and activities as much as possible. Physical therapists also help people manage problems made worse by delayed surgeries including:
- Muscle and bone conditions.
- Joint conditions.
Physical therapists are movement experts who improve quality of life through:
- Hands-on care.
- Patient education.
- Prescribed movement.
You can contact a physical therapist directly for an evaluation. To locate a physical therapist in your area, visit Find a PT.
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These resources offer information on physical therapist services for COVID-19, beyond the initial illness:
Symptom and Condition Guides
Health and Wellness Tips
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