So you have long COVID. Now what?

therapist working with long COVID patient

Posted 2/15/2022

If you clicked to read this, it’s likely because you or someone you know has long COVID. Or maybe you’re now hearing people talk about long-lasting symptoms of COVID-19.

With research now being published, millions of people having a COVID diagnosis will experience “long” COVID – post-COVID syndrome or long-haul COVID, earning some who experience it the nickname of “long hauler.”

Putting aside that bit of levity, long COVID is no joke.

So if you are struggling to read this because you’re dealing with “COVID brain fog,” you may be thinking, How did I get so unlucky?

It’s a fair question to ask.

But in reality, long COVID is more common than most think.

According to Penn State College of Medicine researchers, more than half of the 236 million people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 worldwide since December 2019 will experience post-COVID symptoms.

Months after recovering from COVID-19, millions of people are still suffering one or more debilitating symptoms like:

  • Brain fog
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Muscle weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Joint pain
  • Dizziness and more

If you or a loved one is suffering, don’t give up. There is hope and help.

Physical therapy is medicine for long COVID

Professional physical therapists, like me, understand what you are going through. Indeed, if you have long COVID, physical therapy can help.

Yes, physical therapy.

As physical therapists, we are specialists who are trained in identifying the clinical symptoms and effects of long COVID. For example, the profound fatigue you’re feeling? Reminiscent of chronic fatigue syndrome, it’s a post-acute leftover of the viral COVID infection, and we can help.

That joint pain? We’re trained also to understand musculoskeletal conditions that can be causing your pain. We can assess the pain and determine the appropriate treatment for it.

I work in an outpatient physical therapy center and help treat patients with long COVID. Our parent company Select Medical collaborated with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on an important clinical study regarding the long-term impact of COVID-19.

The study validates our Recovery and Reconditioning program which focuses on specific deficits in patients recovering from COVID-19 and other debilitating illnesses and conditions.

Our Recovery and Reconditioning program helps, specifically, with:

  • Fatigue
  • Labored breathing
  • Weakness
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Joint and muscle pain

Our program was developed in partnership with leading physicians, infectious disease specialists, physical and occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists to help those impacted to heal, gain strength and return to an active, full lifestyle.

We hear all the time that people suffering with long COVID don’t feel heard. Feel misunderstood. Feel like giving up.

If that sounds like you, then trust me, we understand.

We are proud to offer the Recovery and Reconditioning program to you, your loved ones and/or friends – anyone who may be dealing with lingering effects of having COVID-19.

Together, we will address your specific post-COVID symptoms and create an individualized treatment plan for your road to recovery. During care, you will learn ways to pace yourself throughout the day and move your body so that you don’t tire so quickly.

As part of your treatment, we will track your vital signs and symptoms to ensure your safety and progress. We will be there every step of the way back to a healthier you.

You deserve a medical professional who understands you. If you’re tired of feeling alone in your recovery from long COVID, let a physical therapist help.

Schedule a consultation with a physical therapist trained in treating long COVID. Click the blue Contact Us button below to request an appointment at a center near you today.

By: Corey Malone, P.T., DPT, OCS. Corey is physical therapist, center director and Recovery and Reconditioning program champion with KORT in Kentucky.

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