Early mobilization and physical exercise in patients with COVID-19: A narrative literature review

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Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2021 Mar 13;43:101364. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2021.101364. Online ahead of print.


BACKGROUND: Currently, little is known about early mobilization and exercise in individuals with COVID-19.

OBJECTIVE: To describe the indication and safety of early mobilization and exercises in mild to severe COVID-19 patients and to investigate the use of telerehabilitation to deliver exercise programs to these patients.

METHODS: This narrative literature review was conducted performing a comprehensive search of databases.

RESULTS: 32 articles met the established criteria and the main findings were summarized and described, including indication, contraindication and recommendation for early rehabilitation and exercises prescription.

CONCLUSIONS: The literature suggests that early mobilization and physical exercise are beneficial for individuals with COVID-19. However, much of what has been published is based on expert opinion due to a lack of randomized trials, which are needed.

PMID:33743391 | DOI:10.1016/j.ctcp.2021.101364

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