Our Patients, Our Priority
Recovering after COVID hospitalization can be difficult to navigate. Our team of rehabilitation experts provide a wide-range of specialized care to help patients regain their strength and mobility.
Nearly two years into the pandemic, advances have been made in treating Covid itself, but long Covid — a constellation of lingering health problems that some patients experience — remains little understood.read more
Chris Ward was diagnosed with COVID-19 the day before Thanksgiving. He had a headache, a rarity for him, and got a rapid test to rule out the virus before the holiday.
By the day after Thanksgiving, his heart was racing and he spiked a fever, so he went to the hospital.
He didn’t leave until February.
Chicago's Shirley Ryan Ability Lab created a COVID-19 rehabilitation unit in April. And as the number of cases rise in the area, so does the unit's number of patients getting therapy for the long-term effects of the virus.read more
How We Heal
After a prolonged hospital stay due to COVID-19, including time spent in an intensive care units (ICU), rehabilitation plays an important role in recovery. Interdisciplinary teams of experts work with patients, many formerly on ventilators, to address loss in strength and fine motor skills, as well as dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) and ongoing shortness of breath. Our teams are also able to provide stroke and neurologic rehabilitation for patients who have had strokes related to COVID infections.
Beyond the IllnessPatients recovering from COVID-19 face some obstacles as others who have been on ventilators, but often must also work on regaining strength. Our interdisciplinary rehabilitation approach can improve function and mobility after diagnosis.
We treat several thousand inpatients with a wide variety of functional impairments, from the common to the most complex.read more
Our researchers have developed a novel wearable device and data algorithms specifically tailored to catch signs and symptoms associated with COVID-19 and to monitor patients as the illness progresses.read more