Coronavirus is affecting many Americans, whether directly through contracting the virus, or indirectly through the effects from inactivity and social distancing.
At HDPT, we offer treatment for patients recovering from COVID-19. We can help you through the physical challanges associated with having the virus, being hospitalized, having post-intensive care syndrome (PICS), or from generalized deconditioning.
According to the CDC, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions are at a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and its long term complications. Additionally, aging adults, especially those with underlying conditions and chronic diseases, have been affected by the cycle of inactivity due to social distancing measures. Physical complications can include, muscle weakness, joint and muscle pain, difficulty with walking and balance, reduced heart and lung capacity and lack of endurance.
For people of all ages, COVID-19 has limited the ability for people to participate in regular physical activity, resulting in: deconditioning, increased effects of chronic disease and reduced functional capacity.
Although long term implications of the virus are still unknown, it is extremely important to establish early intervention exercise and recovery programs to lower risk.
Symptoms of COVID-19 range from mild to severe, with approximately 80% of the cases affecting the upper respiratory system. Patients that have been discharged from a hospital and are continuing their recovery at home may still have difficulty breathing, fatigue easily, and experience pain and weakness which can lead to decreased quality of life and possible long-term implications.
At HDPT, we can also address the needs of patients that are affected by inactivity and deconditioning. Due to stay in place orders, social distancing and decreased ability to seek some preventative and maintenance services, patients with chronic disease have not been able to effectively manage symptoms. This has resulted in decreased strength and aerobic capacity, and puts some individuals at a higher risk for falls, pain, depression and a decreased quality of life.
We know that physical activity improves or maintains cardio, respiratory and muscular fitness, bone and functional health, and reduces the risk of chronic diseases, depression and cognitive decline.
Post-acute COVID-19 PT and exercise programs are created according to the needs of each individual patient. Our licensed therapists can discuss the best plan of care for patients based on their current impairments, functional capacity and future goals.
Our ultimate goal is to return patients to their prior levels of function, and improve their quality of life by getting them back to normal.