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The purpose of this case study is to describe the effects of home health physical therapy involving gait training, respiratory exercises, disease process education and rehabilitation exercises for strength, endurance and balance in the treatment of a 73 year-old, male patient with a diagnosis of acute respirtory failure secondary to Covid-19.
For a patient with a diagnosis of acute respiratory failure secondary to Covid-19 diagnosis home health physical therapy was an effective treatment option to facilitate return to prior level of function. This case study supports previous research and recommended treatment guidelines for the effectiveness of gait training, respiratory exercises, disease process education and rehabilitation exercises for strength, endurance and balance.1,4,5
This patient was able to make functional improvements from home health physical therapy in a 6-week time frame. Limitations of this study is patient received multi-disciplinary approach with the addition of occupational therapy and skilled nursing. Further research is needed for effectiveness of physical therapy after Covid-19 positive test based on comorbidities, treatment received during hospital stay, complications during hospital stay, and with or without intubation.
University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
San Marcos, CA
Medical Subject Headings
COVID-19, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, Respiratory Therapy, Exercise Therapy, Physical Therapy, Aged, Male
Physical Therapy | Physiotherapy | Pulmonology
Lyall, Desiree and Owens, Maura, "The Effectiveness of Home Health Physical Therapy Following Diagnosis of Acute Respiratory Failure Secondary to Covid-19: A Case Report" (2020). San Marcos, Summer 2020. 4.