Newswise – LOS ANGELES – Keck Medicine of USC has launched its COVID Recovery Clinic, a multidisciplinary program led by a core team of clinicians specializing in primary care, pulmonology and physical therapy. These experts connect patients with other Keck Medicine specialists based on unique patient needs, including physical and occupational therapists, behavioral health specialists, cardiologists, neurologists, rheumatologists, social workers, etc
The core team works together – simultaneously seeing patients in a single visit if necessary – to create a comprehensive initial assessment while partnering with a nurse navigator to implement an integrated and personalized treatment plan.
“Given the extremely high number of people with persistent and often quite disruptive symptoms, we need to find ways to help patients get back to functioning in their lives,” said Caitlin McAuley, DO, family physician at Keck Medicine. and specialist who works with long COVID-19 patients. “As an academic medical center, Keck Medicine is dedicated to learning all we can about the long COVID-19 to improve treatment options so we can provide our patients with the care they need and deserve. .”
While many recover from COVID-19 without any noticeable problems, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one in three people infected experience long-term COVID-19 after being virus-free for weeks or even months. Many experience a wide range of symptoms including fatigue, shortness of breath, body aches, joint pain, cough and chest pain, diarrhea, dizziness, brain fog, blurred vision, anxiety and sadness , etc
Keck Medicine patient Morgan Stephens, 31, tested positive for COVID-19 in November 2020. Just weeks after recovering from a mild case of COVID-19, she began experiencing debilitating symptoms and otherwise inexplicable.
She kept a diary to record her symptoms, which totaled over 50 by the time she was no longer able to work, and moved from the East Coast to Los Angeles to receive expert care from Keck Medicine doctors who devoted time to long COVID-19 patients. Here, the healthcare system began to treat his severe brain fog, body tremors, headaches, insomnia, dizziness, fatigue and depression.
“Coming to Keck Medicine was absolutely necessary for me. I had been fired multiple times and told I was just being dramatic by those who didn’t believe COVID-19 was real for long,” Stephens said. “The doctors at Keck Medicine are up to date with the latest research and the best treatments available to help me get better and get back to a normal life. Their knowledge and dedication have made all the difference in my successful recovery journey.
Now, a year and a half after her first long symptoms of COVID-19 began, Stephens has made tremendous progress. While still suffering from headaches and dizziness, she feels well enough to return to the East Coast to resume full-time work, confident she can manage her remaining symptoms with her team of Keck doctors. Medical.
Who is eligible for the program?
Eligible patients include those who had a positive PCR test result for COVID-19 with persistent symptoms, eight weeks or more after diagnosis. For more information call 323-442-9209 or email [email protected].
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