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Physiotherapy & COVID-19: Rehabilitating on the front line
Savionne Francis, Dr .
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Post Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS)
Each year, September 8 has been celebrated as World Physiotherapy Day since 1996. This is significant as it marks the date that the World Physiotherapy was founded in 1951. World Physiotherapy is the voice of the global physiotherapy community and we unite each year to raise awareness of our role in the medical fraternity. This year was celebrated under the theme ‘Rehabilitation after COVID-19’.
Physiotherapists are a critical part of the management of COVID-19 patients worldwide. Here in Jamaica, we have been playing our role in managing our critically ill patients since March, when the first case was diagnosed. You may ask, how can a physiotherapist help to manage this condition? Well, there are two main phases that we fall into; first, there is the acute-subacute management, and second, rehabilitation after COVID-19.
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