Working with long COVID

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COVID-19 has done a lot of damage since 2020 and is still going strong. Indeed, as you know, this virus can persist as long COVID for some people and symptoms such as pain and fatigue can appear and even persist over time.  This live course will explore the management of these patients with long COVID based on the scientific evidence we have so far as well as the scientific evidence we have on other post-viral syndromes. We will discuss in this course how this knowledge can be applied to patients with long COVID.

The immune system is coming into focus as being a key player in the experience of pain and fatigue. This presentation will explore the role of the immune system in managing inflammation and how pro-inflammatory states, following injury or an infection (such as COVID-19), can lead to a sensitized nervous system and result in pain and fatigue. The clinical implications of managing patients with sensitized neuroimmune systems, who present with joint pain, will be discussed.

Prof Romy Parker and Jacqui Koep are both physiotherapists with strong clinical backgrounds and several post-graduate qualifications in Pain management. They like nothing more than to share knowledge and debate complex clinical scenarios such as the evolving treatment protocols of long COVID.

Course Outline

  • Post viral syndromes
  • Basic mechanisms of pain, inflammation and fatigue
  • Current knowledge of COVID and long COVID
  • Principles of assessment
  • Principles of treatment
  • Case study presentations of long COVID

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* You will receive all the necessary information by email a few days before the webcast.


  1. Understand what post-viral syndromes have in common in terms of symptoms and underlying mechanisms.
  2. Discuss the role of the immune, autonomic, endocrine and nervous systems in the generation and regulation of pain, inflammation and fatigue.
  3. Discuss the evolving knowledge of COVID and long COVID and consider COVID long as a post-viral syndrome.
  4. Know how to identify the different evaluation techniques and prioritize them according to the case.
  5. Know how to identify the different treatment techniques and prioritize them according to the case
  6. Know how to adapt interventions during a treatment (Comparison between two cases will be discussed)

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