Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC) or Long COVID
PASC, also known as Long COVID, is currently estimated to affect approximately 10-30% of individuals who had COVID-19 according to two Journal of American Medical Association publications: As Their Numbers Grow, COVID-19 “Long Haulers” Stump Experts and Sequelae in Adults at 6 Months After COVID-19 Infection.
Of note, a recent publication of one of the first studies on PASC found
that approximately a third of the patients suffering PASC were initially asymptomatic. Symptoms of PASC are varied and ongoing, including neurological challenges, cognitive problems such as brain fog, shortness of breath, fatigue, musculoskeletal
pain, and mobility issues.
AAPM&R is the national medical specialty organization representing more than 10,000 physicians who are specialists in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R). PM&R physicians, also known as physiatrists, are medical experts in treating a wide variety of conditions affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons. PM&R physicians evaluate and treat injuries, illnesses, and disabilities, and are experts in designing comprehensive, patient-centered treatment plans. Physiatrists utilize cutting-edge as well as time-tested treatments to maximize function and quality of life. Due to their training and expertise, PM&R physicians are uniquely qualified to help guide the multidisciplinary planning effort needed to address the rehabilitation and care needs of this rapidly growing patient population.