Respiratory physiotherapy and physical conditioning exercise to improve the aftermath of COVID-19.
COVID-19 can cause permanent symptoms. In some cases, COVID-19 symptoms can persist for months. Coming to affect some organs such as the heart, lungs, and brain increases the risk of long-term health problems.
People with COVID-19 disease (coronavirus 2019) usually recover after a few weeks. However, there are cases in which symptoms continue to occur after their initial recovery.
The acute sequelae after having suffered COVID-19 have been described by groups of patients as "persistent COVID" and as "post-COVID conditions" by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the United States.
Older adults and people with heart or lung conditions or diseases are more likely to have persistent COVID-19 symptoms. However, young people and healthy people are not exempt from presenting long-term symptoms after suffering from COVID-19.
Current knowledge shows that persistent COVID can affect multiple body systems, including respiratory, cardiac, renal, endocrine, and neurological.
Long COVID: the symptoms
Muscle or headache pain
Depression or anxiety
Discomfort or complication of symptoms after physical or mental exercise
Fast heartbeat or palpitations
Dizziness when standing up
Loss of smell or taste
Memory, concentration, or sleep problems
Persistent COVID can experience episodically and unpredictably, with symptoms that change over time. Persistent COVID affects your functional capacity, your social and family life, your ability to work, and your quality of life. Dealing with this complex condition requires a multidisciplinary approach and participation.
Long COVID treatment & recovery
If you suffer from persistent COVID, with the help of Cardiopulmonary Physiotherapy, you can reduce side effects and have a faster recovery, go to a Cardiopulmonary Physiotherapist who will be accompanying you in the process and will guide you to define the personalized treatment in a safe environment.
Heart disease needs to be ruled out before physical activity (including exercise or sport). In addition, ongoing monitoring for the possible late development of heart dysfunction should be done when physical activity interventions are started.
Oxygen desaturation: Before implementing physical activity, hypoxemia caused by exertion needs to be ruled out, and signs indicating a decrease in oxygen saturation in response to physical activity interventions should be continuously monitored.
You will be screened for any possible autonomic nervous system dysfunction, along with ongoing monitoring for clinical signs and symptoms of orthostatic intolerance in response to physical activity interventions.
Physiotherapy will provide you with the following benefits:
Improve respiratory function
Improve muscle strength
Improve Life quality
Schedule your appointment with the Cardiopulmonary Physiotherapist who will guide you to define the personalized treatment in a safe environment.
Measures to avoid getting infected
There is no way to guarantee that the risk of infection is zero, so it is important to know the risks and how to protect yourself as much as possible. People most at risk for seriously COVID-19 should consider their level of risk before going out and take the necessary steps to protect themselves.
Use of face masks
Get vaccinated if they haven't, as well as receive the booster dose
Handwashing with gels or hand solutions with at least 60% alcohol, if possible.
Avoid closed spaces, poorly ventilated or with a large influx of people.
And remember: Get tested!
It will save lives!
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