Pulmonary Rehabilitation and COVID-19 Recovery

Dr. Chris Brehm PT, DPT

The multi-disciplinary pulmonary rehabilitation team at Lifeline is able to care for patients with a multitude of diagnoses and comorbidities.  In addition to diagnoses such as COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, emphysema, and asthma, we are able to provide rehabilitation to patients recovering from COVID-19.  Many patients recovering from COVID-19 require rehabilitation to return to their prior level of function.

Our team of physical therapists, respiratory therapists and our social worker will assess and provide rehabilitative interventions and education for post COVID complications including muscle weakness, loss of endurance, joint problems, heart and lung problems and decreased physical functioning.   

According to data presented at the European Respiratory Society 2020 virtual congress, COVID-19 patients receiving mechanical ventilation who were extubated and survived, benefited from pulmonary rehabilitation.

“Pulmonary rehabilitation post COVID-19, the sooner and the longer, is better,” Yara Al Chikhanie, PhD student in pulmonary physiopathology and rehabilitation at Grenoble Alpes University, France, said during a presentation.  Six minute walk distance, a test to measure physical functioning, showed significant improvements in a study conducted in a pulmonary rehabilitation center in France. 

Whether you are recovering from a hospitalization due to COPD, emphysema, COVID-19 or experiencing any increase in respiratory symptoms, Lifeline Physical Therapy and Pulmonary Rehabilitation can help your ability to perform daily activities.  We focus on education enhance understanding and improve confidence which ultimately leads to independence. Check us out at lifeline-therapy.com.

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