Persistent COVID-19 symptoms – “Long Haulers”
As COVID-19 remains the persistent storyline of 2020, it is becoming apparent that some
patients are continuing to deal with lingering symptoms that might last weeks and even months
after initial diagnosis. In the US, this subset of patients has been termed “long-haulers.”
These patients may have persistent cough, shortness of breath, and body aches. The most
common and debilitating symptoms appear to be fatigue and impaired concentration. Patients
may feel tired with normal daily tasks and experience headaches.
Physical therapy is an excellent treatment option for post COVID-19 patients, with a focus on
regaining strength, endurance and function. A physical therapist will do a thorough evaluation at
your first visit; taking the time to discuss when you were diagnosed, what treatments you had,
and what symptoms you are continuing to experience. Your physical therapist can teach you
appropriate stretching and strengthening exercises, provide you with an aerobic training
program to improve lung capacity, teach energy conservation strategies to decrease fatigue,
and focus on improving your overall health and wellness with nutrition tips for proper body
fueling during your time of recovery. A physical therapist may also perform manual therapy
techniques, such as soft tissue and joint mobilizations to decrease pain and improve movement.
If you are having difficulties with daily activities, or experiencing any of these prolonged
symptoms after COVID-19, physical therapy is an excellent treatment option. Having a physical
therapist on your post-COVID healthcare team will help facilitate the recovery to your normal
Call us at any of our Progressive Rehab locations to get your recovery started!
Mercy Medical Plaza (downtown Iowa City) 339-3611
Scott Blvd (East Iowa City) 354-2429
Coral West (Coralville) 545-4121