PT for Long COVID Can Help Solve the Next Public Health Disaster


Thanks to the advancements in physical therapy programs for Long COVID, physical therapists currently have the opportunity to positively affect a large number of struggling individuals in their community who have had COVID-19 and now are experiencing long-haul symptoms.

A December 2022 article from CNBC recently validated the work NeuPTtech and our partners at HerQuest have been developing in this regard. 

We recognized Long COVID as the “Next Public Health Crisis,” and now these fears are affirmed. Long COVID is also known as long-haul Covid, post-COVID, post-acute COVID syndrome or its scientific name “post-acute sequelae of Covid” or PASC. At this point, almost every American has experienced COVID-19, and up to 30% of those affected now suffer from a chronic illness as a result of that infection. 

The APTA lists the most common lasting Long COVID symptoms as follows:

  • Fatigue or weakness
  • Body aches
  • Shortness of breath
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Headache
  • Muscle or joint pain
  • Poor endurance or no ability to exercise
  • Sleep problems
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Fast or pounding heartbeat
  • Brain fog or memory issues

The CNBC publication estimates that this long-haul COVID has left as many as 23 million Americans looking for answers, at a cost to the U.S economy of roughly $3.7 trillion!

According to the author Greg Iacurci:

“Studies suggest subsequent infections raise the chances of an ‘adverse’ outcome, including hospitalization and death. The virus has killed more than 1 million Americans to date, and some 2,000 more die each week, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

Nevertheless, despite its dire outcomes, not much is known about the illness. It can be very difficult to diagnose because its list of symptoms range in the hundreds, many of which lead to debilitating results for patients.

How Physical Therapists Can Serve Patients with Long COVID

As PTs, we’re familiar with patients who have severe pain or limitations to everyday functionality which has left them feeling hopeless. Our vocation is never as fulfilling as when we are able to help them regain strength, movement – and most of all, hope.

Patients suffering from post-acute COVID syndrome are often hopeless. And they are numerous. 

According to Dr. Peter Hotez, co-director of the Center for Vaccine Development at Texas Children’s Hospital and a dean at Baylor College of Medicine:

“There are just large numbers of people affected by this. This could be game-changing in terms of how we do medical practice.”

Unfortunately, this lingering illness is having a devastating impact on families within communities all over the U.S. – the very same communities your practice is on a mission to serve. 

So, how do we deliver hope to people whose lives have been upturned by this disease? People of all ages and walks of life. People who were previously healthy. People who can no longer work or care for their families.

This is the opportunity for the physical therapist to treat Long COVID in a way others cannot.

Physical therapy is more than just helping alleviate pain and restore mobility. Thanks to incredible advancements in physical therapy technology, we can now target the patient’s nervous system and understand exactly where their dysfunction lies. 

The Physical Therapy Technology Treating Long COVID

If your practice has innovative tech like the NEUBIE, HRV system or PEMF, you’re already equipped with the tools necessary to treat long COVID patients. 

And that is why we are developing programs to use Heart Rate Variability assessments for Long COVID patients to identify any imbalance within the patient’s nervous system. It is likely the first time the patient has a test report that can give some insight as to why they are feeling how they are feeling. From there, we utilize the NEUBIE device to reeducate their autonomic nervous system (ANS). By using the proprietary e-stim machine alongside pulsed electro-magnetic field therapy, PTs can help patients balance their “fight or flight” conditions and finally begin to heal. 

NeuPTtech has pioneered the treatment of Long COVID with physical therapy by mapping out plug-and-play protocols that are specific for HRV, NEUBIE and PEMF as they relate to the patient’s symptoms. 

The Physical Therapy Protocols for Long COVID Patients

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, too many healthcare providers are writing off Long COVID symptoms as “byproducts of anxiety and depression, or even worse, laziness and an excuse not to work.” 

“It’s sucking the hope out of patients,” says Jason Waz, founder of NeuPTtech. “The individuals I’m treating in my practice in Tampa all want to get back to work and back to their lives, but they just don’t have a plan or effective treatment to get there. NeuPTtech has developed these protocols for just that purpose.”

The CNBC story outlines the plight of Sam Norpel, a woman suffering from Long COVID symptoms but who continued to be dismissed by healthcare providers.

Iacurci explains:

“Neurologists would see Norpel twitch and instead focus just on her migraines, she recalled. One told her to stop reading literature on long Covid when she mentioned the disease during an appointment. She eventually had a consultation in August at the Mayo Clinic, where she was told: ‘We believe you — you have long Covid.’‘

The fact that she was finally being validated left Norpel in tears.

In Tampa, among the patients who we’ve been treating for Long COVID, most have eerily similar symptoms and work, social and functional restrictions like the patients in the CNBC article. Every time we are able to help them unlock functionality and decrease pain, we see the hope return. And that hope is what carries them through to a better life for them and their family. 

Welcome Long COVID Patients into Your Private Practice

Do you want access to the 30% of your community who have had COVID-19 and now don’t know how to be treated as symptoms linger for months or even years?

By utilizing the right tools and protocols, your clinic can become the pioneer in your community to start treating long-haul COVID.

It’s no exaggeration that your community needs you. Outside of our clinics in Tampa, there is only one place in Florida treating long COVID properly. It is 2.5 hours away and currently has a 6-month waiting list to treat long COVID patients. We’ve even had patients drive 6 hours roundtrip to receive this care in Tampa. 

Hope is in short supply. Contact NeuPTtech today to start delivering it to your community! We’ll help you add a comprehensive Long COVID program to your practice.

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Jason Waz
Jason Waz has always been a pioneer in the use of technology in Physical Therapy. It's what led him to found his company, NeuPT Technologies with his mission to bring the field of PT into the next generation through science, research and innovation. The NEUBIE device is the flagship product that was the inspiration for the company. As a “blue ocean” product, it has untapped potential in the PT marketplace. The positive effects the electrical stimulation device has had on every patient it has touched has paved a path for innovation awards in the near future and incredible patient outcomes in the meantime.  From a personal business growth standpoint, when Jason added this technology to his business, it increased revenue to record levels every single month with an improvement of over 56% compared to the prior 5 year average. Additionally, cash pay increased more than 200% over the same time period. This same growth has been proven to be achievable by any practice that adopts this technology. Interested in getting similar results? Let's chat!

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