While yes COVID-19 can have severe impacts on our health, it’s equally imperative to understand that panicking is not at all the right option to click on. Right from the outbreak of this infection, both the Medicine & Healthcare sector have been issuing numerous guidelines not just to curb its spread but also to take apt precautions on getting infected.
Owing to the recent studies conducted by experienced practitioners in these sectors, it is being observed that Physiotherapy too has a significant role to play in the Post-COVID Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
As per the most of the patient experiences, the COVID-19 virus majorly impacts the respiratory system often resulting in dyspnea and low blood oxygen saturation making it necessary for those having comorbid conditions such as diabetes mellitus, obesity, ischemic heart disease, cancer, post-surgery, & chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) to opt for mechanical ventilation.
As a result of these effects, the Post-COVID-19 functional impairment can not only limit the ability of an individual to perform activities of daily living but also reduces functionality, alters professional performance and hinders social interaction, precisely acting as an add-on to our already sedentary lifestyle.
Opting for Pulmonary Rehabilitation in such cases aids in
- Enhancing exercise capacity
- Reducing depression and anxiety.
- Improving the strength of respiratory muscles in patients with various forms.
- Improving oxygenation in the body (increase in the SPo2 levels).
- Boosting cardiovascular fitness.
Post-COVID 19 Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programme at ABTP involves:
- Detailed assessment to curate customized treatment plan.
- Individualized Rehabilitation of recovered patients & training of family members with the flexible options of session at Home or at the Centre.
- Light intensity aerobic exercises for around 6-8 weeks after getting discharged from the hospital.
- Progressive resistance training for 2-3 sessions/week to Strengthen the lower and upper limbs.
- Certain routine exercises to improve balance, breathing and flexibility.