March 3, 2022 Live Interactive Webinar - COVID 19 Long-haulers: Potential Long-Term Physical Problems
March 3, 2022 Live Interactive Webinar - COVID 19 Long-haulers: Potential Long-Term Physical Problems
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Current projections show that up to 10 million US survivors of symptomatic COVID will become long-haulers, potentially showing a myriad of symptoms that persist for weeks and months after recovery. These patients will likely need PT, OT and/or ST to maximize their recoveries, making it imperative that therapists seek a deeper understanding on how COVID infects the body, what organs may be potentially injured long-term, and how that may translate to physical deficits. This webinar will focus on symptomatic COVID survivors across the lifespan who are medically stable, but surprisingly not returning quickly to their pre-morbid health status and/or pre-morbid activity levels. The speaker will present up to minute research on the likely causes of the long-haulers’ conditions, identify the multi-organ involvement that may occur, and present a multi-system approach to identify short-term and potential long-term physical problems. The speaker will present a contextual model of postural control (soda-pop can model) to assist therapists in analyzing potential problems of long-haulers’ trajectory of recovery such as balance, weakness and fatigue. A detailed long-hauler case will be presented. Robust interactive discussions will ensue as all clinicians seek to become more competent in anticipating and treating the needs of COVID long-hauler survivors.

Speaker biography

Mary Massery, PT, DPT, DSc

Dr. Massery received her BS (Bachelor of Science) in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University in 1977, her DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy) from the University of the Pacific in 2004, and her DSc (Doctor of Science) from Rocky Mountain University in 2011.  She has been invited to give over 1,000 professional presentations in all 50 US states and in 18 countries worldwide on topics linking motor behaviors to breathing and postural mechanics.  Mary’s research pioneered the concept of managing trunk pressures as a new way to visualize core stabilization.  Dr. Massery received the American Physical Therapy Association’s highest clinical award, The Florence Kendall Practice Award, for "outstanding and enduring contributions to the practice of physical therapy.”  She has been named Outstanding Alumnus of the Year by each of her 3 universities, and she received Northwestern University’s Alumnae Research Achievement Award.  Mary continues to maintain a private practice in Chicago, specializing in breathing and postural dysfunction.

Course Objective(s)

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

  1. Present an overview of COVID-19 and up to the minute research on long-haulers to project how the disease might adversely affect physical function in the post-acute phase.
  2. Describe the framework of a multi-system differential diagnosis of COVID long-haulers (aka Chronic COVID Syndrome (CCS) or Post-Acute Sequalae of SARS-CoV-2 (PASC)), to determine possible underlying causes of persistent physical problems. 
  3. Suggest early and late rehabilitation ideas looking at a long-hauler case of a previously healthy young adult and identify multi-system interactions that impact the priorities of her plan of care.
Course Outline





5:15 pm PT

Zoom doors

Zoom doors opens. Participants will join waiting room till class starts.

5:30 pm PT



5:30 – 7:00 pm PT


-          COVID-19 pathophysiology, up to the minute research on COVID long-hauler sequalae

-          Identify potential long-term physical impairments and present a  multi-system approach to assessing and prioritizing COVID long-hauler problems

7:00 – 8:00 pm PT

Lecture & interactive discussions

-          Case: Young adult COVID-19 long-hauler

-          Robust interactive discussions regarding management of long-hauler cases stressing an immediate need to find clinical consensus while research progresses to give additional answers.

8:00 pm PT


Instructor will stay afterward for additional Q&A as needed


Online via ZOOM

5:30-8:00pm PST

Registration Information

Target Audience:   PT, OT, SLP, & other clinicians working with Covid-19 patients.

Registration Fee: The registration fee is as follows: 

$50 for Providence employees, $80 for all other participants. Registration fees cover access to course handout and electronic certificate of attendance once the course evaluation has been completed.  

Refund Policy: Full refunds less a $25 administrative fee will be granted if cancellation is requested in writing by February 17, 2022. No refunds will be made after that date unless the course is cancelled by Providence Rehabilitation Services, in which case full refunds will be issued.

Contact Hours: This course qualifies for 2.5 contact hours for PT, OT and SLP in OR and WA. Certificates of attendance will be issued to all participants completing the CEU requirements.  This course may qualify for continuing education contact hours in additional states.  Please verify your states requirements to determine if the course qualifies for CE credit where you practice.  If you need assistance with CE approval for your state, please email