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“Early rehabilitation of COVID-19 patients can enhance pulmonary, respiratory function, reduce complications, improve function, cognitive impairments and quality of life,” according to Role of Rehabilitation in Pandemic, a recent study published in the Journal of Rehabilitation Management. The study analyzed the non-respiratory presentations and complications of a COVID-19 patient where medical rehabilitation may be crucial to overall recovery.

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Following examination of the world’s most impacted countries, researchers found that in addition to the most commonly ascribed respiratory symptoms of this novel coronavirus, several other conditions reported in COVID-19 patients -- including cerebrovascular disease and related strokes, seizures, skeletal muscular injuries, and neuromuscular illnesses -- would benefit from post-acute rehabilitative care. 

Below are key findings explaining why early integration of post-acute rehabilitative care in COVID-19 patients is vital for recovery:

  • Evidence and key findings support that during disasters, early involvement of rehabilitation reduces disability and improves clinical outcomes.
  • The rehabilitation needs of COVID-19 survivors will vary in different settings over time, but medical rehabilitation is essential in all phases of pandemic management.
  • The study concludes, in part, that: “As in any disaster, the role of medical rehabilitation in pandemics is an integral component of comprehensive management.”
  • Another conclusion of the study: “Early rehabilitation of the COVID-19 patients can enhance pulmonary, respiratory function, reduce complications, improve function, cognitive impairments and quality of life.”

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By RehabCare