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Digital Seminar

POST-COVID-19 'Long Haulers' Acute and Chronic Effects: Evaluation and Treatment

Michel (Shelly) Denes, PT, CFPS, C/NDT |  Karen Pryor, PhD, PT, DPT
Approx. 3.5 Hours
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Feb 26, 2021
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They are your peers.  Your family.  Your friends. Your patients.  And now, many weeks after diagnosis, they still feel like they’re running at 60%.   

Technically speaking, they’ve recovered from COVID-19, yet the symptoms still linger – sometimes for over 100 days.  This group is now known as the “long haulers”.  

Whether you work in a hospital, long- term care, skilled care or home health, this course will provide a pathway toward rehabilitation and recovery.  With 89 years combined experience, Karen Pryor PhD, PT, DPT, ND, CH, CFPS and Shelly Denes PT, CFPS, C/NDT will provide a framework to: 

  • Create a multi-system evaluation 
  • Reset the autonomic nervous system and  
  • Successfully treat post-COVID patients 

They’ll show you how to immediately apply these strategies in your work. With their tried and true techniques, you will feel confident in your ability to help this growing population recover quickly and resume their normal lifestyle. 


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Michel (Shelly) Denes, PT, CFPS, C/NDT's Profile

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Shelly Denes, PT, CFPS, C/NDT, is an expert in fall prevention and neuro-rehab more than 25 years of experience treating patients with hemiplegia, neuromusclular disorders, TBI, and SCI. She has a special interest in advanced technology and has been involved extensively with neuroprosthetic devices, lower extremity orthotics, and exoskeleton robotics.

Ms. Denes travels nationally to present seminars on fall prevention and geriatric rehabilitation, and she is known for her dynamic, hands-on teaching style. She has also shared her insights with practicing professionals in varying settings. Additionally, her expertise has been presented through expert witness work, both nationally and locally. Ms. Denes is a graduate of University of Michigan's PT program, and she earned her certification in Neurodevelopmental Treatment for Adult Hemiplegia (NDT) from Rehab Institute of Chicago. She has also earned her certification as a Fall Prevention Specialist with Evergreen Certifications and sits on their advisory board.


Speaker Disclosures: 

Financial: Michel Janet (Shelly) Denes receives compensation as a Physical Therapist at the Center for Spinal Cord Injury Recovery. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Michel Janet (Shelly) Denes has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.  

Karen Pryor, PhD, PT, DPT's Profile

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Health Sphere Wellness Center

Karen Pryor, Ph.D., PT, DPT, has a doctorate in physical therapy and has practiced for over 40 years in the field. Dr. Pryor is the owner of Health Sphere Wellness Center, an integrative therapy clinic in Tennessee. Involved with early intervention in the birth-three population for over 30 years, she has developed neuroplasticity techniques that are used in a wide variety of settings, including homes, childcare centers, and school systems, to advance pediatric therapy programs. She is the author of Ten Fingers Ten Toes Twenty Things Everyone Needs to Know.

Dr. Pryor serves on several boards, including the Leadership Interagency Council for Early Intervention, (2014-2024), a position to which she was appointed by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Governor Bill Lee. In 2010, she received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for her contributions to the advanced treatment of children from President Barack Obama. In addition to her work with children, Dr. Pryor has served as an adjunct professor at the Tennessee State University Occupational Therapy School, and in the Volunteer State Community College Physical Therapy Assistant program. She is a clinical instructor for several universities and colleges. With her years of experience and passion for complete wellness, Dr. Pryor advances a more expansive view of how to integrate therapy throughout the lifespan by using COMPASS neuroplasticity techniques.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Karen Pryor is owner of Health Sphere Wellness Center. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Karen Pryor serves on the Leadership Interagency Council for Early Intervention board.

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  1. Determine neurological, musculoskeletal and organ system challenges during the evaluation process.  
  2. Determine cytokine storms and how it relates to multi-organ failure and coagulation. 
  3. Investigate post-viral autonomic dysregulation and how to rewire with neuroplasticity techniques. 
  4. Differentiate, accommodate, and treat rehabilitation challenges such as brain fog with poor memory of home program, tachycardia, POTS, and immune system challenges. 
  5. Investigate autonomic symptoms of night sweats, temperature dysregulation, gastroparesis, peripheral vasoconstriction. 
  6. Appraise anxiety levels and discuss changes in the emotional environment of the patient. 
  7. Justify proning in patients to increase oxygen saturation levels. 
  8. Appraise nervous system involvement HPA axis – hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal dysregulation related to COVID-19 and how simple therapy techniques can assist with re-regulation.


Post-Acute COVID Syndrome  

  • Define ‘Long Haulers’ and why they are called that? 
  • Symptoms and Emergency Warning Signs 
  • The Hyper Immune response that causes more problems than it solves 
  • The Inflammatory Response seen in this disease  
  • COVID-19 can induce a cytokine storm  

Addressing the Long-Term Symptoms in Long Haulers  

  • Profound fatigue 
  • SOBOE 
  • Brain Fog 
  • Myalgias 
  • Neuropathies 
  • Gait and Balance issues 
  • Pain 
  • Anxiety 
  • Brain Fog 
  • Headaches 
  • Memory Loss 
  • Tremors 

POTS: Retrain the ANS 

  • New continuum for getting out of bed or standing 
  • Compression socks 
  • Increase plasma volume 
  • Abdominal binder 
  • Benefits of supine positioning 
  • Incorporating neuroplasticity techniques 

Targeted Interventions for Long Hauler Challenges 

  • Nasal breathing 
  • Sleep  
  • Strategies to address POTS 
  • Fatigue 
  • Reduce fall risk 
  • Case Study 
  • Home Tips  

Target Audience

  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Chiropractors
  • Speech language pathologists
  • Athletic trainers
  • Registered nurses
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Physician assistants 


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