Vol 5, No 4 (2020)
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Application and effectiveness of respiratory physiotherapy in the prevention and treatment of patients with Covid-19

Oliwia A. Jarosz1, Beniamin Szmelcer1, Marta Podhorecka1
Medical Research Journal 2020;5(4):265-270.

Abstract

Introduction: COVID-19 as a respiratory disease is the latest challenge in modern medicine. As in most health problems, respiratory rehabilitation also finds application in this case. Materials and methods: Analysis of available literature, articles in the Google Scholar and PubMed database using keywords: COVID-19, respiratory physiotherapy, lung disease, prevention, therapy. The available literature was subjectively selected, and then the latest version of each article was used. Results: There are many physiotherapeutic methods and techniques that can be applied in the fight against COVID-19 disease, but there is still a lack of scientific research that would confirm their effectiveness in this particular disease entity. Rehabilitation of sick people, both in severe and moderate condition, should be based on airway clearance, respiratory control and adequate physical activity. Conclusions: The issue of rehabilitation in COVID-19 disease requires further interest of researchers because there is still insufficient literature on this subject. Undeniably physiotherapy should be a significant part of the interdisciplinary approach to fight this disease entity, because the effects of its absence can significantly affect the health of patients.

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