April 30, 2020: We all know by now that COVID-19 can strike anyone. Its effects can range from invisible to severe. Some patients can’t breathe on their own. What you might not know is that when people are beginning to recover from COVID-19, physical therapists are helping. And physical therapy will continue to be needed by some long after they leave the hospital.
Joining on this episode is Talia Pollok, a board-certified clinical specialist in cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy.
How can COVID-19 affect the heart and lungs? What can physical therapists do to help those afflicted regain function and movement? How do patients with severe cases reclaim their lives in the near and long term? She joins us to share her insights. She also relays important messages about how to maintain optimal heart and lung health all the time.
Living a healthy life, in general, can give people the best chance of fighting any illness. What can you do to strengthen your body now against the worst potential effects of COVID-19?
Listen to our interview with Talia to find out.
Here’s our conversation.
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Talia Pollok, PT, DPT, is a critical care physical therapist and board-certified clinical specialist in cardiovascular and pulmonary physical therapy. She has over 10 years of clinical experience providing physical therapy in an academic setting, where she collaborates with a variety of different providers on multidisciplinary teams to meet the needs of critically ill patients and families. She also teaches and serves as a mentor to staff and students. Currently, she serves as the education chairperson for the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section of the American Physical Therapy Association.