MEDICAL MATTERS: Therapy important during and after COVID


Recovery from COVID can be difficult due to the debilitating nature of the illness. If patients must be hospitalized, Physical and Occupational Therapists work to help patients move to regain muscle strength and decrease muscle wasting.

Many times, when breathing is compromised, patients require a tracheostomy (breathing tube) to improve breathing. The result of this leads to patients not being able to speak. Speech Pathologists can provide speaking valves and therapy to improve communication while patients have the tracheostomy in place. If patients are having difficulty with cognition, such as decreased alertness, poor memory, and difficulty processing information, Speech Pathologists can provide therapy to improve these issues.

Once patients leave the hospital, Outpatient Therapy will help people get back to doing the things they love to do. Sometimes just a few visits can make incredible differences.

The outpatient therapists at Medical Center Hospital understand the impact that COVID has on patients who have lived through the challenge of surviving this illness. Therefore, our personalized care is aimed at providing therapy services to COVID survivors who want to regain the energy, strength and focus that they had before COVID.

If you or someone you know has been affected by COVID – Physical, Occupational and/or Speech Therapy is available to help! Ask your doctor if he or she recommends therapy and call us at 432-640-1230.