POTS & COVID-19 Long Haulers

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In this OT CEU course, learn more about the symptoms and treatment of POTS and COVID long haulers.

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The struggles of COVID-19 long haulers have caught the attention of the medical community. In many cases, symptoms seem to correlate with a little-known condition called postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS). But, even before the pandemic called attention to POTS, research and advancements in treatment were taking place in the background. Unfortunately, while the research is out there, POTS is not always understood by health providers, and proper diagnosis can take years.

Occupational therapy has a potentially significant role to play in the lives of both POTS patients and COVID-19 long haulers.

In this month’s hour-long podcast episode, we are lucky enough to talk to POTS researcher and practicing clinician, Emily Rich. We discuss what we do and don’t know about POTS, as well as the strategies you can use to help these patients get the most out of life. 

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Earn 1 hour of continuing education

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Primary Research Explored

When you log in, be sure to check out the OT Potential Club’s written breakdown of the following research article, then share your questions and thoughts with fellow practitioners.

Secondary Research 

Resources Mentioned in the Episode

Learning Objectives

  1. You will be able to recall 5 areas of difficulty for many POTS patients.
  2. You will be able to summarize 5 categories of treatment strategies used by POTS patients.


Intro (5 minutes)

Breakdown and analysis of journal article (10 minutes)

  • What is POTS?
  • What was the purpose of this study?
  • What are the common difficulties reported by POTS patients?
  • What are the common management strategies used by POTS patients? 
  • What were the clinical implications of the study?
  • What else was discussed?

Discussion on practical implications for OTs (with guest Emily Rich) (45 minutes)

  • How do you define POTS when speaking with a patient?
  • What information do you typically seek to gather in an eval with a patient with POTS?
  • What are common strategies you use with your patients?
  • How do you coordinate your care with the larger healthcare team?


  • As a researcher, what are you seeing as the connection between COVID-19 and POTS?
  • Can you tell us what OTs in the clinic are seeing in COVID-19 long haulers?
  • Should their care look different than a POTS patient who has not had COVID-19? 
  • What resources would you recommend for listeners who are interested in diving deeper into this topic?
This course on POTS & COVID-19 Long Haulers is AOTA approved!

This course is an independent/self-study course delivered via podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play & more. Explore your listening options on the OT Potential Podcast page.

If you need accommodations to take this course, please contact us and we will address your needs on an individual basis.

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In order to receive a certificate for this course, you must first listen to the podcast in its entirety. Then, you will need to take the test (found at the top of this page) and earn 75% or higher. If you pass, a certificate will be automatically generated and sent to your email.

Target Audience/Educational Level

Occupational therapy practitioners who work with patients who have POTS. The educational level is introductory.

Financial and Non-financial Disclosures

It is the policy of OT Potential to disclose any financial and non-financial interest the provider or instructor may have in a product or service mentioned during an activity. This is to ensure that the audience is made aware of any bias of the speaker.

We here at OT Potential have no financial stake in this topic. Our guest, Emily Rich, has no financial interest in this topic to disclose.


Emily Rich, OTR/L

Our guest speaker, Emily Rich, occupational therapist

Emily is an occupational therapist serving adolescents and adults in a medical outpatient therapy setting at Tucson Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona.

She specializes in treating individuals with chronic conditions, including forms of dysautonomia such as postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and hypermobility, persistent pain, and Parkinson’s Disease. She places a high value on patient-partnered, evidenced-based treatment. Emily is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in occupational therapy at Texas Woman’s University. Her research centers around POTS and rehabilitation therapy, specifically exploring treatment options for cognitive rehabilitation. Read full bio.

Sarah Lyon, OTR/L

Podcast host, Sarah Lyon occupational therapist

Sarah’s passion is helping fellow OT practitioners translate evidence into daily practice. Sarah earned her BA in religion from St. Olaf College, then earned her master’s degree in occupational therapy from New York University in 2011.

Since then, she’s worked in numerous facilities, including a critical access hospital, an acute trauma hospital, and a state inpatient psychiatric hospital. Sarah is the founder/owner of OT Potential. Read more about OT Potential here.

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