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Why rehabilitation is important?

Physical therapist monitoring the vitals of a post covid patient.COVID-19 is an illness caused by the coronavirus. It is a new disease that we don’t know everything about. We know that COVID-19 can affect many parts of our body. Our muscles, brain, heart and lungs can all be impacted by COVID-19. A long hospital stay and COVID-19 treatment can cause problems that can affect someone’s return to normal life. A person can have trouble walking, eating, breathing or getting dressed. Using the latest research, the rehabilitation team at Upstate is ready to help. Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Speech Language Pathologists can assist you with problems you may be experiencing due to COVID-19.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, our rehabilitation professionals have worked hard with colleagues throughout the country to establish a specialized COVID-19 program that involves multiple levels of care available at Upstate University Hospital Regional Rehabilitation Center.

Rehabilitation will help people improve their quality of life through strengthening, endurance training, breathing techniques, cognitive/language therapy, and education on the disease and recovery. You will learn how to monitor your activity and symptoms and to apply cognitive techniques to assist with functional activities while progressing through therapy to maximize your abilities after COVID-19

What are the effects of this condition?
  • Shortness of Breath, fatigue, weakness
  • Confusion, difficulty concentrating, memory deficits, word finding problems, headaches
  • Difficulty Sleeping
  • Anxiety
  • An overall feeling of being unwell

How does the Regional Rehabilitation Center treat those who have suffered from COVID-19?

Acute Care

A therapist monitoring a patient on a treadmill

The goal of Upstate University Hospital Regional Rehabilitation Center is to help patients become as independent as possible following COVID-19 infection. Early rehabilitation is important to assist in the recovery process through improving energy conservation and breathing techniques, rebuilding strength and endurance, and working to increase each person’s functional independence.

Early rehabilitation can also help prevent potential negative effects of decreased activity while being in the hospital. This process is essential throughout the recovery period even beyond the hospital stay.

Upstate Medical University is a large academic hospital serving the entirety of Central New York. You will receive excellent medical care at one of our two Campuses (University Hospital and Community Hospital).

What can you expect from your stay?
  • The above therapy providers can/may be consulted by your medical provider (MD, NP, PA) during your stay in the hospital.
  • There are therapy providers from all three disciplines here 7 days a week to provide evaluation and treatment as needed.
  • You may receive all of the above services, or only require 1 or 2 services during your stay.
  • Therapists are focused on evaluating and treating you during your stay, making patient centered goals, and making appropriate discharge recommendations with you and your family.
  • Therapists can also make recommendations regarding equipment needs for discharge home.

Inpatient Acute Rehabilitation

The goal of inpatient rehabilitation following Covid-19 is to help maximize each patient’s functioning so that they can safely return home as independent as possible and return to participating in daily activities.

Covid-19 can impact the heart, lungs, and brain resulting in a systemic impact on the body. Our team of rehabilitation specialists will help you overcome barriers and functional limitations in mobility, self-care, swallowing, and cognition that are due to the complex and multi-system involvement of Covid-19.

All patients receive specialized care from a highly skilled and trained team including therapists, nurses, physicians, case managers, social workers, rehabilitation counselor and psychologists. Each patient will have their care managed by a medical team while receiving three hours of therapy per day from a multidisciplinary team including physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists.

During your rehabilitation stay your therapists will focus on:

  • Increasing and regaining functional strength and endurance
  • Balance retraining
  • Assistive device assessment and training
  • Energy conservation and pacing strategies
  • Adaptations to maximize safety and independence
  • Objective swallowing assessments as indicated
  • Strategies to improve swallowing, cognition, communication, and voice

Outpatient Therapy

While we don’t know why some people have prolonged symptoms or “Long-COVID,” the rehabilitation team can help patients learn more about their symptoms and the triggers that make them feel worse. Overworking and overstimulation during recovery from COVID-19 can be detrimental to returning to your prior level of function. Activity pacing, including “Stop, Rest and Pace” can make a difference in how you feel.

Outpatient Rehabilitation will help people improve their quality of life through strengthening, endurance training, activity pacing, breathing techniques, cognitive/language therapy, and education on the disease and recovery.

The therapists will help problem solve your symptoms and determine the best way to help control them. The therapists will monitor your vital signs with exercise to determine if the responses are contributing to your symptoms. You will learn how to monitor your activity and symptoms and to apply cognitive techniques to assist with functional activities while progressing through therapy to maximize your abilities after COVID-19.

Following illness with COVID-19, people may experience trouble returning to previous function, including getting around the house, walking outside, and getting up and down stairs. Some may feel tired, weakness and pain and may have difficulty breathing. 

At any stage of your recovery you may find yourself in need of services from our skilled therapy staff that include the following professionals:

What Community Supports are available for individuals with the condition?

Donna K Abbott
Donna K Abbott
315 464-5540

Zachary B Boswell, PT, DPT
Zachary B Boswell, PT, DPT
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • DPT: SUNY Upstate Medical University, 2016
  • BA: LeMoyne College, Syracuse NY, 2014, Biology

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Physical Medicine and Rehab; Physical Therapy; Acute & Chronic Diseases and Conditions in Adult Patients; Acute & Chronic Diseases and Conditions in Pediatric Patients; Bleeding Disorders; Burns (Severe); more

Clinical Interests

  • Critical Care Rehabilitation

Associations/Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

Rebecca S Carey, PT, DPT, E-RYT
Rebecca S Carey, PT, DPT, E-RYT
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • DPT: SUNY Upstate Medical University, 2018
  • BA: Binghamton University, 2009

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Levator Syndrome; Low Back Pain; Low Back Pain During Pregnancy; Pelvic Floor Disorders; Pelvic Trauma; Balance and Fall Prevention, Rehab Service; more

Research Interests

  • Pelvic Health; Yoga; Integrative Medicine; Mindfulness

Education Interests

  • Pelvic Health; Yoga for Spine Disorders, Neurological Disorders, Pelvic Health

Clinical Interests

  • Neurological Disorders; Pelvic Pain; Pelvic Health; Pre and Post Natal Pelvic Rehabilitation; Spine

Associations/Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

Nicole M Conese, PT, DPT
Nicole M Conese, PT, DPT
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • DPT: University of Maryland at Baltimore, 2015, Physical Therapy
  • BS: University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, 2012, Exercise Science

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Physical Therapy; Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS); Neurology; Alzheimer's Disease - Dementia; Brain Injury; Brain Tumor; more

Clinical Interests

  • stroke, brain injury and spinal cord injury rehabilitation, vestibular rehabilitation

Associations/Memberships

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Neurology Section

Connor N Delaney, PT
Connor N Delaney, PT
315 464-8668

Education & Fellowships

  • DPT: Nazareth College of Rochester, 2017

Cara M Dooley, OTR/L; CBIS
Cara M Dooley, OTR/L; CBIS
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • MS: University of New Hampshire, 2016, Occupational Therapy

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS); Amputation; Amputation; Brain Injury; Brain Injury; Stroke; more

Caitlin M Farruggio, PT, DPT
Caitlin M Farruggio, PT, DPT
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • DPT: SUNY Upstate Medical University, 2013, Doctorate in Physical Therapy
  • BS: SUNY College at Cortland, 2009, Health Science with concentration in Allied Heath

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Amputation; Foot and Ankle; Leg Pain; Low Back Pain; Neck Injuries; Pulmonary Disorders; more

Melanie R Luciano, MS, CCC-SLP
Melanie R Luciano, MS, CCC-SLP
315 464-6543

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Speech Pathology; Alzheimer's Disease - Dementia; Autism; Brain Injury; Cognitive Disorders; Communication Disorders; more

Associations/Memberships

  • American Speech -Language -Hearing Association

Jason O'Neill
Jason O'Neill
315 464-6543

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Aquatic Therapy, Rehab Service; Orthopedic Physical Therapy; Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Beth Rolland, OTR, CDRS, CBIS
Beth Rolland, OTR, CDRS, CBIS
315 464-6543

Education & Fellowships

  • MS: Columbia University, 1997, Occupational Therapy

Diseases/Specialties/Treatments

Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS); Brain Aneurysm; Brain Injury; Brain Tumor; Concussion; Multiple Sclerosis (MS); more

Upstate Regional Rehabilitation Centers at University Hospital
Upstate Regional Rehabilitation Centers at University Hospital
Upstate University Hospital
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Rm. N2104
750 East Adams Street, Syracuse, NY 13210
Phone: 315 464-6543
Fax: 315 464-4753
Hours:Mon.-Fri. 7:30am-4:30pm
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Upstate Regional Rehabilitation Centers at Bone & Joint Center
Upstate Regional Rehabilitation Centers at Bone & Joint Center
Upstate Bone and Joint Center
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Suite 201
6620 Fly Road, East Syracuse, NY 13057
Phone: 315 464-6543
Fax: 315 464-4753
Hours:Mon. Wed. Fri. - 8am-4:30pm; Tues. Thurs. - 8am-6pm
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Upstate Regional Rehabilitation Centers at Manlius
Upstate Regional Rehabilitation Centers at Manlius
Manlius Health Center
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Suite 200
102 West Seneca Street, Manlius, NY 13104
Phone: 315 464-6543
Fax: 315 464-4753
Hours:Mon. Wed. Fri. - 8am-4:30pm; Tues. Thurs. - 7:30am-6pm
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Upstate Regional Rehabilitation Centers at IHP
Upstate Regional Rehabilitation Centers at IHP
Institute For Human Performance (IHP)
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1st Fl.
505 Irving Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13210
Phone: 315 464-6543
Fax: 315 464-4753
Hours:Mon. Wed. Fri. - 7am-4:30pm; Tues. Thurs. - 7am-6pm
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Upstate Regional Rehabilitation Centers at Western Lights
Upstate Regional Rehabilitation Centers at Western Lights
Upstate Rehabilitation at Western Lights
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Suite B-100
4671 Onondaga Boulevard, Syracuse, NY 13219
Phone: 315 464-6543
Fax: 315 464-4753
Hours:M, W: 8:00am - 4:30pm
Tues & Thurs: 8:00am - 6:00pm
Fri: 7:30am - 4pm
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Upstate Regional Rehabilitation Centers at Community Hospital
Upstate Regional Rehabilitation Centers at Community Hospital
Upstate Community Hospital
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4900 Broad Road, Syracuse, NY 13215
Phone: 315 464-6543
Fax: 315 464-4753
Hours:Mon.-Fri. 7am-4pm
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Upstate Regional Rehabilitation Centers at Township 5
Upstate Regional Rehabilitation Centers at Township 5
Township 5 Camillus
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Suite 500
208 Township Blvd, Camillus, NY 13031
Phone: 315 464-6543
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