Physical therapy management of a patient with bilateral knee pain and Long Covid: a case report
Todd E. Davenport: 0000-0001-5772-7727
Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Practice
Background: The purpose of this case study is to describe how post-exertional symptom exacerbation (PESE), a hallmark of long COVID, may affect the clinical course of physical therapy. Physical therapists can provide patient education and activity guidance to individuals with long COVID to improve clinical outcomes. Case Description: The patient was a 39-year-old female with a 20-year history of bilateral knee pain. Following severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection, the patient developed PESE and increased bilateral knee joint effusion and pain, affecting her ability to perform cognitive tasks and walk, respectively. Outcomes: Following 8 weeks of intervention, the patient’s Lower Extremity Functional Scale score improved from 35/80 to 59/80 and numeric pain rating scale decreased from 7/10 to 4/10 at maximum, but she experienced an apparent PESE relapse. Discussion: Post-exertional symptom exacerbation can affect multiple body systems, which may affect a patient’s ability to participate in physical therapy. Clinical Relevance: Physical therapy management of individuals with long COVID must include monitoring during and after exertion for signs and symptoms of PESE.
Davenport, T. E.
Physical therapy management of a patient with bilateral knee pain and Long Covid: a case report.
Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Practice, 35(1), 17–21.