Long COVID is an emerging health condition that occurs following an acute infection of COVID-19 that can occur in both hospitalized or non-hospitalized clients, and even in those who had a mild initial infection.
At least 10-30% of clients will continue to have symptoms 12 weeks after their acute infection.
Long COVID affects multiple body systems and can include impairments of multiple body systems including the respiratory, cardiac, renal, endocrine and neurological systems.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LONG COVID
- Signs & Symptoms can vary greatly among patients and also fluctuate or change over time affecting multiple body systems.
- Management of Long COVID requires a multidisciplinary approach.
- Rehabilitation for Long COVID must be tailored to the individual, depending on their symptoms, goals and preferences.
After contracting COVID-19, many people will start to feel better in a few weeks. Unfortunately, some people take a lot longer to get better and have ongoing or new symptoms afterwards. These symptoms can change, come and go, or fluctuate over time. Healthcare professionals around the world have yet to establish a consensus definition for these post-COVID-19 symptoms. For the purposes of consistency this article will refer to the long term consequences of COVID-19 as “Long COVID”. Other common names include; “Long-Haul Covid” and “Long Haulers” “Post COVID-19 Condition”, “Post-COVID-19 Syndrome”, “Post-COVID Syndrome”, “Post-Acute COVID-19”, and “Post-Acute COVID-19 Syndrome“
People present with clusters of overlapping symptoms such as fatigue or exhaustion, chest pressure or tightness, shortness of breath, headache, and cognitive dysfunction. Long COVID can be multi-dimensional, spanning symptoms and impairments, activity limitations and social participation restrictions. Long COVID may also be experienced as episodic and unpredictable in nature, with symptoms fluctuating and changing over time.
MANAGEMENT OF LONG COVID
Long COVID impacts people’s functional ability, social and family life, ability to work, and quality of life. Dealing with such complexity requires a multidisciplinary approach and patients’ involvement.
- Speak to your Family Doctor regarding your Long COVID symptoms
- Rule out RED FLAGS or other diagnosis
- Ensure your Family Doctor clears you to start seeing a Physiotherapist and participate in light physical activity.
Your next step
Rehabilitation for Long COVID must be tailored to the individual, depending on their symptoms, goals and preferences.
At LiquidGym our team of Therapists will take you through a comprehensive evaluation to determine the optimal rehabilitation plan for you and if needed recommend other Healthcare practitioners to assist in your recovery.
EFFECTIVE REHABILITATION INTERVENTIONS TO SUPPORT SELF-MANAGEMENT OF SYMPTOMS MAY INCLUDE:
HEART RATE / OXYGEN SATURATION MONITORING
Our Therapists at LiquidGym can play an important role in the rehabilitation of people living with Long COVID, to balance activities with rest to optimise recovery, and consider other factors important in symptom management beyond solely physical activity.
Treatments will also focus on other long term impacts including psychosocial needs, spiritual well-being and community re-engagement.
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TO GET YOU BACK TO FEELING GREAT AGAIN!
- Please ensure you have completed your online assessment form before arriving for your appointment.
- Your first appointment is a land appointment. Shorts and t-shirt/tank top are appropriate.
- Bring your physician’s referral, if you have one (though not required)
- Provide any relevant medical history
- Bring any relevant reports/test results (e.g. x-rays, ultrasound scan, MRI reports)
- Personal and family medical history
- Major illnesses that you have experienced
- Surgeries or operations that you have had
- Medications that you are currently taking
- Your level of activity at work and leisure
- Sleeping habits
- Blood pressure, pulse and breathing
- Muscle strength
- Range of motion
- Posture Analysis
- X-Ray review
- Movement Analysis
Do I need a physician’s referral?
Physiotherapists are primary health care practitioners and therefore offer direct access to physiotherapy services without the need for a physician’s referral. Some extended health insurance plans require a physician’s referral; however, please check your insurance plan if in doubt.
Can you bill directly to my insurance company?
Some extended health insurance companies currently accept direct billing from Physiotherapy clinics. Ask and we can let you know if your insurance company accepts direct billing.
Does LiquidGym accept Motor Vehicle Accident claims?
No. As of September 1, 2021 we no longer submit nor bill for MVA claims. LiquidGym can, however, treat MVA injuries. You just need to pay our standard therapy rates at the time of your appointment.
Do you direct bill for Veterans Affairs, RCMP, and Canadian Forces?
Some extended health insurance companies currently accept direct billing from Physiotherapy clinics. Ask and we can let you know if your insurance company accepts direct billing from LiquidGym.
Many patients pay out-of-pocket for physiotherapy. At LiquidGym we respect your dollar by providing only one-on-one appointments with your physiotherapist. We do not double-book clients, nor do we provide your treatment through support personnel. In addition to your on-site treatment, if appropriate, the physiotherapist will provide a self-managed home care treatment program to facilitate your recovery.
No, LiquidGym is not an OHIP designated clinic.
Due to a high number of last-minute cancellations and missed appointments, any physiotherapy appointments canceled within 48 hours of the scheduled appointment time will be subjected to a $50 cancellation fee per 30 minutes of missed appointment time.
When you cancel your appointment, please inform office staff why you are canceling. This information will be passed along to your therapist.
Appointment reminder emails will be sent out 48 hours in advance.