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RehabilitationMay 12, 2021

Physiotherapist-run rehab programme yields dividends for patients with long-term Covid-19 symptoms

Concerns that offering rehabilitation programmes to patients displaying lingering symptoms linked to having had Covid-19 appear to be unfounded, according to the results of a physiotherapist-led study.

The physical and mental health of a group of patients who had lingering symptoms of Covid-19 improved in a number of statistically significant ways after they had completed a six-week rehabilitation programme, the study showed.


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Patients' endurance improved as a result of following the adapted programme

A list of symptom improvements – achieved in categories such as exercise capacity, respiratory symptoms, fatigue and cognition – is set out in a paper published last week (7 May) in the peer-reviewed journal Chronic Respiratory Disease.

Leicester-based specialist pulmonary rehabilitation and research physiotherapist Enya Daynes is the paper’s lead author.

Dr Daynes said: ‘We know that Covid-19 survivors present with a wide variety of symptoms and that a one-size-fits-all approach to managing these would not be appropriate.

'However, there are some overlap between the needs of Covid-19 survivors and patients who have accessed pulmonary rehabilitation for other conditions, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).’

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