The COVID-19 pandemic has affected millions of individuals across the country. While most individuals recover from the virus completely within a few weeks, many experience lasting effects of the virus for months.
For those experiencing persistent symptoms — whether following a prolonged hospital stay or recovery at home — rehabilitation may be beneficial in managing physical, cognitive and emotional deficits following recovery of the virus.
What are the lasting effects of COVID-19?
For some individuals who recover from COVID-19, symptoms such as:
- Extreme fatigue
- Muscle pain or weakness
- Shortness of breath
- Brain fog
These symptoms can persist for months.
There is still much to learn about the long-term effects of COVID-19, but healthcare professionals and individuals who have recovered from the virus have reported more serious complications, including:
- Damage to the heart and lungs
- Brain and neurological issues
What are the neurological effects of COVID-19?
COVID-19-related neurological issues may be a direct result of the virus attacking the nervous system, changes in blood clotting or inflammatory processes associated with the virus. Associated neurologic events or conditions may include:
- Changes in cognition, such as delirium, brain fog or difficulty concentrating
Therapies for Lasting Effects of Covid-19
Bancroft NeuroRehab offers a wide range of therapies and rehabilitation services for individuals experiencing psychological, cognitive or physical deficits as a result of medical conditions, including COVID-19 infection. Whether symptoms are mild or severe, our skilled team of neurologic clinicians can develop an individualized treatment plan to meet an individual’s unique needs and goals.
Psychology services at Bancroft NeuroRehab include neuropsychological testing and psychotherapy. For those experiencing psychological symptoms or cognitive changes following COVID-19 infection – particularly those wishing to return to work – a neuropsychological evaluation can be performed to measure an individual’s change in cognitive abilities such as memory, attention and decision making. This information helps identify diagnoses and provides treatment guidelines to facilitate recovery. Psychotherapy can be beneficial to support emotional adjustment and management of associated anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Physical therapy can help individuals address deficits in mobility and function following COVID-19-related neurologic events such as stroke, encephalitis and neuropathies. Physical therapy services can also improve strength and stamina following a prolonged hospital or rehab stay, newly-developed neurologic symptoms, such as dizziness or vertigo, and general physical changes such as muscle weakness and severe fatigue.
For individuals who have suffered a COVID-19-related stroke or neurologic injury, speech therapy can help improve communication and language skills, and evaluate and treat swallowing difficulties. Speech therapy can treat cognitive symptoms such as impaired word retrieval, attention, and memory deficits associated with COVID-related neurologic syndromes.
Occupational therapy provides training and education in compensatory techniques for activities of daily living, and treatment of upper extremity deficits that may be associated with COVID-19-related stroke or neurologic events. Occupational therapy helps patients improve overall functionality to increase independence and safety skills, while addressing physical and cognitive deficits that interfere with activities of daily living.
As an essential provider, Bancroft NeuroRehab remains dedicated to serving our clients.
All Bancroft NeuroRehab programs are accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), an international, nonprofit evaluator of consistent quality and effectiveness of health and human services.
Outpatient Center Locations
Resnick Center at Mt. Laurel
3900 Church Road
Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054
666 Plainsboro Road
Plainsboro, NJ 08536
1433 Hooper Avenue
Toms River, NJ 08753
To make a referral or to schedule an appointment, call 844-234-8387 or fax 856-491-9153.