Post-COVID syndrome is a common, unique phenomenon that we have just begun to understand. Some studies have shown that 10% of those with COVID-19 will go onto have lingering symptoms, while others estimate up to 70%. Even those with relatively mild COVID-19 can go on to becoming “long-haulers”.
COVID-19 comes with a range of symptoms, so, too, can post-COVID syndrome. Survivors reported that their symptoms flare up unpredictably, often in different combinations, and can be debilitating for days and weeks at a time.
The most common symptoms include:
· Fatigue 55%
· Difficulty breathing 42%
· Memory loss 34%
· Sleep disorder 32%
· Joint pain
· Chest pain
· Brain fog, including an inability to concentrate and impaired memory
· Loss of taste and/or smell
Physical Therapy is the key to your recovery from COVID-19 and exercise plays a vital role in improving our immune system.
Virtual Physical Therapists has taken a primary focus in Post-COVID 19 rehabilitation.
The four points of focus of our Post-COVID 19 program include:
1. Deep breathing exercises
2. Strengthening program: Respiratory and core musculature, Upper and Lower extremities
4. Return to full activity.
Our next article will outline the deep breathing exercises with a link to our video demonstration.