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Most patients who survive COVID-19 after being treated in ICU, need to undergo rehabilitation to get their mobility back.
TIRR Memorial Hermann has created a program specifically designed to help these patients.
"Unfortunately, you have to manage the initial condition, but they can develop many complications afterwards, and we're seeing this with COVID-19 pneumonia, which we really realize is much more than just an entry to the lungs. It's entering really all of our organ systems, and so with that it can damage our muscles and our nerves, and we're really even seeing brain damage from that, and so that's where we're really working on the rehabilitation side to address those issues," explains Dr. Jacob Joseph, Attending Physician with TIRR Memorial Hermann and UTHealth.
Dr. Joseph says the needs are different for each patient, including how long it takes them to get back on their feet.