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Long-Haul Covid

A consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic has been the emergence of a condition known as Long-Haul Covid, or Post-Covid Syndrome. 

 This applies to people who acquired the Covid-19 infection and recovered, yet are still experiencing lingering, debilitating symptoms for 12 weeks or more following their final negative Covid test result.  The symptoms and their severity can differ from person to person and seem to affect a higher proportion of women than men.   

Physiotherapy has been shown to safely and effectively reduce some symptoms of Long-Haul Covid, so that sufferers can return to their normal activities.  Action Potential Rehabilitation therapists have specific training in concussion management and respiratory issues, which are similar in nature to some Long-Haul Covid symptoms.  

Long-Haulers have cited the following symptoms: 

  • extreme fatigue 
  • brain fog – feels similar to a concussion 
  • lack of ability to concentrate 
  • headaches 
  • respiratory issues such as shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chronic cough 
  • joint or chest pain 
  • fever 
  • loss of taste and smell 
  • numbness in extremities  

A recent Mayo Clinic study indicates that it doesn’t matter whether the initial Covid infection caused mild or severe symptoms, or even hospitalization. In fact, the study found that 75% of Long-Haulers experienced only mild symptoms during their period of infection.  The study concluded that anyone who acquired Covid-19 could eventually develop Long-Haul Covid, and that the condition may affect every aspect of a person’s life.  There doesn’t seem to be an explanation as to why some people fully recover from Covid, and others go on to develop the Syndrome. 

If you have any symptoms of Long-Haul Covid and wish to discuss whether physiotherapy can be beneficial for you, please contact our clinic.  With their expertise and experience, our therapists are ready to help you achieve your recovery goals. 




This website provides general information about our services and conditions treated. It is not intended to be used for self-assessment or treatment, and is not a substitute for an individualized treatment plan developed by a registered physiotherapist.

By the Action Potential Rehabilitation Staff

Page last reviewed: June 2, 2023


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