The morning of the third trade fair day at TREFFPUNKT REHACARE is entirely dedicated to the pressing and complex topic of long and post-COVID conditions. Barbara Steffens, Head of the TK Regional Office NRW, started the day off by explaining that patients with long-COVID symptoms pose a major challenge for the rehabilitation sector as this requires the development of new therapeutic concepts to treat the physical and psychological symptoms of the disease, which vary from person to person.
Dr. Pantea Pape from the NTC Neurological Therapy Center Cologne discussed the outpatient therapy program of the NTC: A multidisciplinary therapeutic team comprising experts in physiotherapy, ergotherapy, sports therapy, speech therapy, neuropsychology, nursing care, nutritional and social counseling, and medicine develops a treatment that is tailored to the individual problems and needs of the patient. The close collaboration among the respective fields is necessary to restore full participation pertaining to all areas of life.
At the expert forum, Dr. Mario Siebler, Medical Director, and Head Physician of the Specialist Clinic for Neurology at MEDICLIN Fachklinik Rhein/Ruhr, revealed how post-COVID symptoms can be treated with classical rehabilitation approaches. Since there is no established pharmacotherapy at this juncture, he pointed to a specialized rehabilitation program as the best way to treat symptoms.
Once again, this year’s TREFFPUNKT REHACARE lived up to its stellar reputation as the social, societal, and health politics center of the trade fair – as evidenced by the many lively dialogs and conversations in the expert forum. The highlighted topics are and will remain relevant as vocational rehabilitation and participation will continue to affect people from an analog and digital perspective given increasing digitization. It will be exciting to discover the new treatment options for long and post-COVID symptoms in a year from now.
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