Physical Therapy for COVID ‘Long Haulers’

More than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to learn more about the novel coronavirus and the variety of symptoms that individuals may experience when infected.

While many recover from COVID-19 within a few weeks, some individuals – now referred to as ‘long haulers’ – continue to experience symptoms even after initial recovery. For these individuals, symptoms often include fatigue, body aches, joint pain, shortness of breath and brain fog.

From athletes to grandparents, we have seen a wide range of individuals who have been affected by these long haul symptoms. In response to the long haulers’ experiences, healthcare providers are working together to develop interdisciplinary teams to address the lingering symptoms – including physical therapy.

Lisa Crescenti, of FOX Rehabilitation, recently told us about a patient she has worked with who is experiencing long-term symptoms:

Lisa also shared her own personal experience with long-haul symptoms with us:

While the exact cause of these long-haul effects is unclear, there is no question that physical therapy is vital to the recovery of COVID-19 patients. Physical therapists can work with patients to build a recovery plan that helps rebuild strength, regain mobility and return to daily tasks.