Post Covid Syndrome
Managing Diverse Symptoms for Recovery
Between 10- 50% of people who have Covid-19 go on to develop Post Covid Syndrome, also known as Long Covid of PACS (Post-Acute Covid Syndrome).
The symptoms vary from person to person but can include any combination of:
- persistent fatigue
- weakness or loss of previous physical abilities
- shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- chest pain or tightness
- joint or muscle pain
- problems with memory or concentration (sometimes called ‘brain fog’)
- problems with sleep
- fast or pounding heartbeat
- loss of smell or taste
- depression or anxiety
- symptoms that get worse after physical or mental activities
Typically, if symptoms linger more than four weeks after the infection, you may be considered to have Long Covid (CDC).
With this vast array of symptoms, a multi-disciplinary approach to treating patients with Long Covid has been identified by medical professionals as necessary.
One patient with Long Covid may need a graded or paced physical conditioning program from a physiotherapist to improve functional ability in the presence of fatigue or breathing exercises to reduce shortness of breath. The patient may also require cognitive rehabilitation with an occupational therapist to resolve concentration and memory problems. Another patient with Long Covid may need assistance with managing Covid-related anxiety from a mental health professional plus a consult with a dietitian for a healthy diet in the presence of the lost smell and taste.
In summary, research has demonstrated that recovery from Long Covid is unique to individual patients and requires customized rehabilitation plans.
“Even in the early stages of Post Covid Rehab programming at the clinic, we are seeing evidence of the distinctly different paths to recovery that clients are experiencing,” says Tanya Kozera, Director of Clinical Services for the Wellness Institute Clinic. “This makes it unlike managing other chronic diseases where standardized programs are often proven best practice. Rehabilitation from Long Covid requires a new, adaptive approach, which our team has been able to quickly adapt.”
To meet the diverse needs of patients recovering from Covid, the Wellness Institute Clinic has developed a multi-disciplinary Post Covid Rehab Program. A physiotherapist conducts an intake assessment, which informs an individualized plan for Post Covid Rehabilitation programming.
Nalbandian, A., Sehgal, K., Gupta, A. et al. Post-acute COVID-19 syndrome. Nat Med 27, 601–615 (2021).https://doi.org/10.1038/s41591-021-01283-z
If you or someone you know are experiencing long-standing symptoms from Covid-19, the Wellness Institute Clinic can support your recovery.