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Main Line Health Introduces Post COVID Recovery Program
To address the complex needs of patients experiencing health issues at least 30 days following a positive COVID test result, Bryn Mawr Rehab, part of Main Line Health, is now offering personalized, multidisciplinary care for patients’ physical rehabilitation through its Post-COVID Recovery Program.
The effects of COVID can last for weeks or months and some may have lifelong health issues due to COVID in what’s become known as ‘long hauler’ syndrome. Physical complications, post COVID, may include impairments in muscle strength, memory difficulties or brain fog, heart and lung capacity, pain, balance, endurance, and walking ability leading to a loss of function and independence.
"We are pleased to be able to offer the Post-COVID Recovery Program to our patients as they recover from the effects of the virus and help them return to their lives. Bryn Mawr Rehab is staffed with expert physicians and therapists who can personalize an individual’s treatment plan that best addresses their health needs while providing our highest level of care,” says Donna Phillips, president of Bryn Mawr Rehab.
The program’s multidisciplinary, outpatient therapeutic approach offers patients access to specialty physicians, psychologists, nutritionists and dieticians, and occupational, physical and speech therapists, highlighting Main Line Health’s continuing commitment to health care leadership within our communities. Designed to extend beyond therapy, the recovery program’s team of specialists offer services and resources to treat the patient’s customized needs. A patient may be referred to the program directly by their primary care physician or specialist provider or they may require an evaluation by a physiatrist (doctor of physical medicine and rehabilitation) to assess their overall needs that’s followed by an individualized therapy plan.
Mithra Maneyapanda, MD, a physician at Bryn Mawr Rehab involved with the development of the program, says the resources and therapies offered to patients allow them to focus on areas where more recovery may be needed. “Our care team provides specialized support and therapies that are individualized to meet the needs of our patients who are recovering from COVID with dedicated, compassioned care,” notes Dr. Maneypanda.