PhysioUpdate 2nd June 2021

Some children with syndrome linked to SARS-CoV-2 may need ongoing physical therapy after discharge

A minority of children with severe paediatric inflammatory multisystem syndrome (PIMS-TS) – a rare post-viral inflammatory disorder associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection – may need ongoing physiotherapy support after being discharged from specialist hospitals.

That is the message contained in a paper published yesterday (24 May) by a multidisciplinary team based at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) – the world-renowned specialist paediatric unit – in the journal Lancet Child & Adolescent Health.


The study is based on 46 children who had PIMS-TS after contracting SARS-CoV-2 infection

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Physios and other AHPs have 'unique opportunity' to complete digital competency survey [updated]

Physiotherapists and other allied health professionals (AHPs) are being urged to take part in a UK-wide survey that focuses on their use of digital technology at work.

The number of people who have already completed the survey – which was launched on 10 May and will remain open until 30 May – has been described as ‘fantastic’ by Chris Tack. Mr Tack, who co-chairs the London AHP Informatics and Digital Network and is a Topol fellow with Health Education England, is based at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust in south London where he is AHP clinical lead.



THE Covid-19 pandemic has profoundly affected how services are delivered to patients

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Sports medicine experts warn that labelling patients' conditions can have an unintended 'dark side'

Clinicians who strive to attach diagnostic labels to their patients’ conditions should be aware that the practice can have an unintended ‘dark side’.

That is the message contained in a British Journal of Sports Medicine editorial, written by Daniel Jonah Friedman, from Alfred Health in Melbourne, Australia, and colleagues.

There is a dark side to the face of the diagnostic label, the BJSM editorial warns

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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.


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

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