Coming Back from COVID-19
COVID-19 has affected us all in many ways over the past year. While much of the focus has been on diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19, it has become more apparent that many survivors—especially those who required prolonged hospital stays—have lasting weaknesses affecting their daily lives.
Symptoms can range from mild to severe, though some will not develop symptoms at all. Early evidence has shown many of these lingering symptoms may improve with time, especially if they receive rehabilitative treatment.
COVID-19 appears to affect each person differently. Some make a complete recovery without treatment, while others are reporting continued symptoms lasting several weeks or months after diagnosis.
Those who required prolonged ventilation or hospital stays may experience further complications, such as delirium, difficulty maintaining attention to tasks, and significant debilitating physical weakness.
If you are having trouble recovering from COVID-19, rehabilitation services can help you resume your normal activities. After hospitalization or prolonged inactivity, physical and occupational therapy can help:
- improve endurance
- reduce fatigue
- strengthen muscles
- improve balance
- improve walking ability
- return to physical activity
- return to job tasks
- perform activities around your home
Speech Therapy addresses cognitive issues you may notice after recovering from COVID-19. These include:
- Memory difficulties
- Trouble concentrating
- Brain fog
- Mood changes
- Shortness of breath or coughing while talking
While many people have survived this virus, the lasting physical and emotional effects are significant. You can benefit greatly from ongoing support and COVID-19 rehabilitation in order to fully recover.