COVID-19 and its devastating effects on the body and mind.
We are still learning of all the areas that can be affected when a patient has COVID-19.
However, we know that many of the patients experience debilitating symptoms due to prolonged bedrest and intubation.
Some of these symptoms may include fatigue, muscle weakness, trouble with coordination, inability to ambulate, inability to swallow, confusion, memory deficits, disorientation and decreased communication.
What to expect: Road to Recovery
Most patients will fully recover with time. The key is to persevere, as to most things in life, success is achieved through small steps and persistence.
However, your full recovery will be markedly enhanced by therapy intervention.
Physical therapists, Occupational therapists and Speech therapists are trained to zero in on the specific deficits and help you determine the best way to go about addressing these deficits.
Physical Therapy is essential in recovering the patient’s strength, endurance and the ability to perform all activities at the level performed prior to having COVID-19.
Physical therapy addresses muscular weakness throughout the body and builds up the patient’s strength, endurance as well as postural control. Physical therapy will address any deficits such as lack of mobility in bed, or transferring to the toilet, or chair, walking deficits, getting in and out of the car, in and out of the shower, going up and down stairs, etc.
Occupational Therapy deals with more detailed activities such as dressing, feeding and toileting, or any impairment in the use of the hands, while working on coordination and strengthening of trunk and upper extremities.
Speech Therapy addresses any memory issues, disorientation, communication problems and swallowing problems due to damage to the vocal cords when intubated and due to lack of use during the time of intubation.
Getting Your Life Back
Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy will teach you the right exercise habits to reach your goals and keep them.
Together with your therapist you will develop a program to maintain your gains once you are discharged.
Keeping our bodies in good shape and all of our functions optimized help us achieve long healthier lives.