Throughout the world, the demand of physical therapists is increasing among people recovering from COVID-19 disease. Since the COVID-19 pandemic has reached every corner of the world, the number of infections as well as deaths due to it is rising continuously.
Many health experts have said that physical therapy can help a COVID-19 patient recover from coronavirus infection in an easy manner. Currently, the lockdown period is about to get over in almost every country and it is leading to a sharp increase in the number of coronavirus cases at a global level.
At present, the total number of COVID-19 cases stands at 6.4 million and around 3 million people have recovered from it. The number of deaths due to COVID-19 infections has reached 3.8 lakhs and it is soaring with every passing day.
People Suffer from PICS
It is found through the survey that people who survive treatment in ICU find it difficult to cope with PICS (Post intensive care syndrome). Due to this, they face plenty of health problems while recovering completely from COVID-19 following ICU care.
They experience different problems associated with physical function, mental health, and cognition control due to PICS. According to Maulik Patel, DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy), it is important for every patient to address these health issues on time.
Helps in the Recovery Process
Physical therapists are enjoying a huge demand among patients recovering from COVID-19 disease. And it is due to the effectiveness of physical therapy in helping patients’ rehabilitation post their ICU treatment. Moreover, it makes it possible for patients to get back on track in a limited time period.
Due to the awareness about PICS, the demand of home and community-based physical therapists, is rising on a large scale. In general, patients discharged from ICU post their treatment often face several health issues and it becomes important for them to consult physical therapists for dealing with such issues.
Community Awareness During COVID-19 Pandemic
In addition to providing their services, physical therapists are also ensuring the spread of awareness about COVID-19 to prevent this deadly virus. Moreover, they are also following norms of social distancing, using face masks and disinfectants (like hand sanitizers and wipes) while offering their services.
Various governments have also been making efforts to spread awareness about COVID-19 spread at a global level. People are being instructed to get their checkups in the case of experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms within their bodies. Since physical therapists have direct contact with patients, they are also following different precautions to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 while offering their services.
Online Consultation of Physical Therapists
It is observed that physical therapists are now being consulted by people through online platforms. People are not just consulting them for seeking their help in COVID-19 patients’ recovery process but they are also being hired for old age people. Various health apps and websites are being used by people for this process.
During the COVID-19 lockdown period, many people have developed different mental health issues and cognitive control problems. In order to feel relaxed and get back to their normal life after the lockdown period, old age people are hiring them online to deal with various age-related health problems in everyday life.
You can connect with Maulik Patel (PT, MS, DPT) on his social media links here:
LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/maulik-patel-pt-ms-dpt