Researchers estimate that around 10% of COVID-19 patients — even those with mild cases — develop long COVID. Those with more severe cases, or who needed intensive care, may develop post-intensive care syndrome. These patient groups need a highly personalized plan of care that includes working with a doctor and a physical therapist. Treatment for symptoms that linger after COVID-19 is not simple, and recovery can take a long time.
Physical therapists work with patients who have COVID-19 in the hospital or intensive care unit to reduce problems. After the initial illness, they provide treatment and services to help people regain their:
Physical therapists are movement experts. They improve quality of life through hands-on care, patient education, and prescribed movement. You can contact a physical therapist directly for an evaluation.