Over the past 2 years since COVID-19 arrived in the U.S., we continue to learn the unique role physical and respiratory therapists play in the recovery of COVID-19.
For patients who experience residual respiratory symptoms, are on supplemental oxygen, or are experiencing shortness of breath and/or fatigue, physical therapists and respiratory therapists that are part of a pulmonary rehabilitation team can plan an import role in the recovery of these symptoms and return to prior functional level. For patients who had an ICU stay or long-haul COVID-19 patients, the physical therapy team and pulmonary rehabilitation team consisting of physical therapists and respiratory therapists can help you return to a state of wellbeing.
10 to 35% of patients with mild COVID-19 symptoms report experiencing residual symptoms such as shortness of breath and muscle weakness persisting for months. As for patients who experienced more significant COVID-19 symptoms, post ICU or hospital recovery time takes continued medical rehabilitation to address muscle weakness and atrophy, joint pain and stiffness, decreased endurance, dizziness and difficulty performing everyday tasks such as routine household chores.
With over 20 years experience of physical therapy, respiratory therapy, and pulmonary rehabilitation, Lifeline’s staff has also been trained in post COVID-19 treatment protocols. Lifeline Physical Therapy and Pulmonary Rehabilitation is now offering a COVID-19 recovery program to assist those who are experiencing persistent post COVID symptoms.