MANA Physicians Offers Program to Care for People with Post COVID Illness
MANA Medical Associates is offering a Post COVID Recovery Program for people who are experiencing symptoms weeks after their initial COVID illness. The program is designed for people in Northwest Arkansas without a primary care doctor.
Months after a COVID-19 diagnosis, some people continue to experience symptoms from the virus such as shortness of breath, anxiety, pain, joint pain, or difficulty concentrating. These are symptoms people say they did not have prior to having the virus.
What is Long COVID?
As more people had long-term COVID symptoms, people began to call the lingering symptoms from the COVID-19 virus Long COVID or Post COVID Syndrome. Because the coronavirus can cause damage to the lungs, heart, and brain, there can be lasting effects. The damage to organs increases the risk for long-term health problems. Even patients who had mild symptoms when they tested positive, can develop other symptoms months later that may be related to the COVID-19 virus.
“We want to let people know the symptoms are real and we are here to help them manage those symptoms and provide support,” said Dr. Allen Moseley, a Pulmonary and Critical Care physician at MANA’s Fayetteville Diagnostic Clinic.
For the past year, Dr. Moseley and his Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine partners have cared for patients in the COVID unit at Washington Regional Medical Center. In late 2020, the pulmonologists began to see some of those patients come back to see them at the clinic with lingering symptoms from the virus.
“We are seeing patients who have lung damage and patients who have medical issues like depression develop weeks after their acute COVID illness,” said Dr. Moseley. “We are learning more about the novel coronavirus and its long-term effects,” he explained.
Caring for the Whole Patient
In the MANA Post COVID Recovery Program, people with lingering symptoms from the virus can connect with a primary care doctor, an Internal Medicine or a Family Medicine physician, if they do not have one. The primary care doctor will evaluate their symptoms, coordinate evaluations with medical specialists as needed, and order diagnostic testing. Within the MANA physician group, there are pulmonologists, neurologists, sleep doctors, and psychiatrists. In addition, MANA offers diagnostic testing including imaging exams, a full-service laboratory, and a physical therapy department.
After testing and evaluations, the medical specialists at MANA will work with the primary care doctor to manage the patient’s symptoms and treat the whole patient. For those issues that cannot be managed by medical specialists within MANA, the physicians will work with local specialists who can support specific conditions affecting the heart and other organs, if necessary.
Learn More About Post COVID Recovery
For a complete list of symptoms that may be related to COVID and to learn more MANA’s Post COVID Recovery Program, visit Post COVID Recovery Program. If you have lingering symptoms 60 or more days after a positive COVID-19 test, you may complete the Post COVID interest form or call (479) 435-2444 to request an appointment.