Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a disease that can cause physical and psychological dysfunction in people by affecting many systems, especially the respiratory system.
In people who have been diagnosed with Covid-19 or have had the disease, breathing difficulties and muscle aches can persist for a long time, negatively affecting the lives of people. Biruni University Hospital Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist Assoc. Dr. Zeynep Erdoğan İyigün said, "Patients who have had coronavirus and have symptoms such as shortness of breath, intense muscle aches, and fatigue can return to their former functional capacity faster with pulmonary rehabilitation".
Assoc. Dr. Zeynep Erdoğan İyigün gave information about the benefits of respiratory rehabilitation to patients:
“IT CAN TAKE TIME FOR PATIENTS TO RETURN TO THEIR FUNCTIONAL LIVES
One of the most important pictures caused by coronavirus is that it disrupts the oxygen passage from the lungs to the blood and causes a decrease in the oxygen level in the blood. Although this situation can be improved with appropriate treatments, it may take time for patients to return to their former functional capacity. Complaints of shortness of breath may be prolonged, especially in those who have coronavirus with pneumonia. In addition to respiratory distress, coronavirus causes intense muscle joint pain and drugs such as cortisone used in treatment may prolong the return to normal functional life after COVID-19 infection.
STRENGTH OF BREATH DECREASES, LUNG CAPACITY INCREASES
Respiratory system rehabilitation is applied to reduce shortness of breath, increase lung capacity, and increase exercise tolerance in individuals with respiratory system diseases due to coronavirus or other diseases. In this way, the muscles that aid breathing are activated, enabling the patient to breathe effectively. It is aimed to relax patients with special techniques for sputum production complaints. Respiratory rehabilitation, which is initiated at an appropriate stage, especially in the intensive care unit, can shorten the intensive care period of the patients. Rehabilitation applied after the illness reduces lung capacity and shortness of breath and helps the person to reach their normal functions more quickly.
PROGRAM IS CREATED ACCORDING TO THE NEED OF THE PATIENT
Coronavirus symptoms and damage to people can be very variable. For this reason, a holistic and personalized program is created in rehabilitation. Applications are specially planned according to the needs of the person by the expert working on this subject. The program includes exercises for the respiratory system, stretching and strengthening exercises for the musculoskeletal system, and exercises to increase exercise capacity, taking into account the patient's clinical condition and physical activity level. With respiratory rehabilitation, it is aimed to improve the physical condition of the patient, reduce symptoms and increase the quality of life ”. said