After Covid Recovery Musculoskeletal Problems

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The link between Joint Pain and COVID-19

Many people continue to suffer from musculoskeletal problems including joint pain, backache, muscle pain, fatigue, and stiffness in joints even after recovery from the novel coronavirus infection. The systemic inflammatory response to SARS-CoV-2 adversely impacts the musculoskeletal system.

The SARS-CoV-2 virus is responsible for COVID-19 affecting millions of people around the world. There is a wide range of symptoms affecting people, which continues to grow as experts learn more about the illness. While viral infections can also cause joint swelling, it is usually not a common symptom of COVID-19.

Many people experience joint swelling due to viral arthritis that worsens after COVID-19 infection. It has been observed there is also a growing number of reports of reactive arthritis associated with COVID-19. This in turn puts people with arthritis at a higher risk of severe symptoms and additional complications of COVID-19.

Some people may also confuse joint swelling with joint pain or arthritis with arthralgia. While muscle and joint pain can be a symptom of COVID-19, it does not typically co-occur with the swelling and inflammation of a joint, which is characteristic of arthritis.

Joint pain and swelling a symptom of Post Covid-19

COVID-19 infection has a wide range of symptoms appearing 2–14 days after exposure to SARS-CoV-2. These symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

COVID-19 is a respiratory condition with a surprising number of symptoms occurring outside the lungs. Muscle pain is usually a common symptom of COVID-19, but people may also have muscle and bone symptoms.

Before getting ill with COVID-19 many people may have some aches and pains. Coronavirus infection may worsen these problems or make them come back. The condition of joints and muscles pain usually gets better when we regularly move, however, COVID restricts the movement.

When infected with coronavirus people become less active than usual that can cause aches and pains, stiffness, and muscle weakness. Muscle weakness impacts the activities such as standing, climbing stairs, gripping objects with your hands, or lifting your arms above your head. The joint and muscle pain can also be caused by extra stresses and strains on some of the medicines used for the treatment of COVID-19. These may lead to new or increased joint and muscle problems.

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