World Physiotherapy briefing paper focuses on safe rehabilitation for people living with Long COVID

World Physiotherapy has published a new briefing paper entitled: “Safe rehabilitation approaches for people living with Long COVID: physical activity and exercise. The briefing paper includes considerations for safe rehabilitation specific to physical activity and exercise for people living with Long COVID. 

As stated by World Physiotherapy in their press release: “The statements presented in the briefing paper may be used by physiotherapists, and other healthcare professionals, assessing and treating people living with Long COVID, to consider how post-exertional symptom exacerbation, cardiac impairment, exertional oxygen desaturation, and autonomic nervous system dysfunction impact on safe prescription of rehabilitation, including physical activity. 

The paper is the result of efforts from key opinion leaders and stakeholders from across the global community in Long COVID and physiotherapy. Individuals from across the World Physiotherapy regions, community groups, organisations, interdisciplinary clinical practice, and academia have collaborated to identify statements on safe rehabilitation approaches for people living with Long COVID.” 

The Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto is a contributor to this briefing paper, which is a living document that will continue to be updated as new evidence emerges in this field.

Click here to access the full press release from World Physiotherapy: https://world.physio/news/world-physiotherapy-briefing-paper-focuses-safe-rehabilitation-people-living-long-covid

Click here to access the briefing paper: https://world.physio/sites/default/files/2021-06/Briefing_Paper_9_Long_Covid_Final.pdf