Have you had COVID-19? Perhaps you know someone who has?
Given the recent spread of COVID-19 over the past number of months in Sydney (and more broadly), it is highly likely that we all know someone who has had COVID-19 or have even had it ourselves! Many people are quite aware of the symptoms of COVID-19 infection including fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, lethargy, loss of taste and in more serious circumstances shortness of breath and blood clots.
Muscle and joint aches and pains are also fairly common symptoms associated with COVID-19. Reports indicate that these aches and pains can be new or can even see the return of prior aches and pains that may have previously disappeared. It has also been demonstrated that muscle aches and joint pains can persist beyond the time of the acute COVID-19 infection and are part of the long COVID phenomenon.
The trouble with muscle aches and joint pains that present during or following COVID is that we are uncertain of the origin.
We have now started seeing a number of patients in the clinic who have had relatively recent COVID-19 infections and have developed aches and pains around the time of COVID infection and in some circumstances lasted. There is still much we don’t know about these aches and pains experienced in some people following COVID-19 infection. That said, these aches and pains can be disconcerting for these experiencing them and there is often uncertainty as to whether they are related to having COVID-19 or whether they are from another cause.
So, if you do have aches and pains following a recent COVID-19 diagnosis, what can you do?
Like all unexplained aches and pains, especially if they persist, you might want to get them checked out by a health professional. Our physiotherapists are experts in assessing musculoskeletal issues (that is things to do with muscles, joints, ligaments, nerves, etc) and can help out. They can also help with managing these aches and pains as well.
The good news is that our physios are having good success in assisting patients who have been presenting with these aches and pains post COVID-19 infection.
For appointments with our physiotherapists, call 8850 7770 or click here.