This Empathetic PT Helped a Covid-19 Long-Hauler Get Off Oxygen
What’s Going On
“Long hauler” Shannon Gray spent six months in the hospital fighting Covid-19 — and has spent every day since then battling the long-term side effects of the virus.
Gray continues to suffer from dizziness and circulatory issues, seeing a neurologist and a cardiologist every week.
But to that? She adds physical therapy at Physical Therapy Central.
According to PT — and fellow Covid-19 survivor — Carrie Gaylon, about 10% of her patients are dealing with the long-lasting effects of Covid-19.
Her therapy for Gray and other long-haulers addresses basic, everyday needs such as getting in and out of bed, which can be difficult for those still recovering.
Gray credits her recent success getting off of supplemental oxygen to her physical therapy program, which “did what inhalers and medicine alone couldn’t.”
Why This Matters
Shannon Gray’s story isn’t unique, as more than 500,000 Americans contracted Covid-19. Inevitably, some of those patients were already participating in physical therapy programs.
What’s interesting, however, is the article’s highlight of the medical community’s skepticism of long-hauler complaints:
[Shannon] Gray, like most [long-hauler patients], believed complaints about COVID recovery had been ignored or brushed aside. [PT Carrie] Gaylon said, “They feel like, you know what, whoever has not had this, whether it be a family member or their healthcare provider, doesn’t understand.”
Don’t be the skeptical healthcare provider who thought a former Covid-19 patient was making excuses. That’s a fast way to lose a patient to a more understanding and empathetic therapist like Gaylon, who can say she’s “been there.”
At the very least, long-haulers suffer from a myriad of physical symptoms originating from or exacerbated by their Covid-19 infection — balance, flexibility, breathing — all of which can be helped by therapists like you.
They could be long-term patients — if they think their provider understands and cares.