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August 31, 2023

Musculoskeletal effects of COVID-19

Adult Health COVID-19

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Have you had COVID-19? Is your energy less than it was? Do you now have muscle aches and joint pain which weren’t there before? You may not be imagining it; it may be a residual of your COVID-19 infection.

COVID-19 is primarily a respiratory illness caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. However, the virus can affect other parts of the body, including the musculoskeletal system. Here are some of the musculoskeletal effects of COVID-19:

  • If you're experiencing musculoskeletal symptoms following a COVID-19 infection, the orthopedic team at BMC Medical Group can help.
  • Learn more online or call one of our convenient locations:
  • Lower Bucks Hospital, Bristol | (215) 785-9818
  • Town Center Drive, Langhorne | (267) 789-2074

1. Myalgia

Myalgia is a term used to describe muscle pain and discomfort. It is a common symptom of COVID-19 and is believed to be caused by the body’s immune response to the virus.

2. Fatigue

Fatigue is a common symptom of COVID-19 and can also affect the musculoskeletal system. Prolonged periods of bed rest during recovery can lead to muscle weakness and decreased mobility.

3. Joint pain

Joint pain has been reported in some COVID-19 patients. The cause is unclear, but it is thought to be related to the body’s immune response to the virus.

4. Muscle weakness

COVID-19 patients may experience muscle weakness due to prolonged bed rest due to the virus's effects on the muscles.

5. Rhabdomyolysis

Rhabdomyolysis is a severe condition that can occur in COVID-19 patients. It causes breakdown of muscle tissue, which can lead to muscle pain, weakness, and potentially life-threatening complications.

6. Osteoporosis

Some COVID-19 patients may experience decreased bone density and osteoporosis due to prolonged bed rest and decreased physical activity during recovery.

It is important to note that not all COVID-19 patients will experience musculoskeletal symptoms. However, for those who do, it is important to receive appropriate medical care and rehabilitation to promote recovery and prevent long-term complications.

If you believe you are experiencing musculoskeletal symptoms from a COVID-19 infection, the orthopedic team at BMC Medical Group can help. To schedule an appointment, visit us online or call one of our convenient locations: 

  1. Lower Bucks Hospital, Bristol | (215) 785-9818
  2. Town Center Drive, Langhorne | (267) 789-2074

BMC Medical Group is affiliated with Lower Bucks Hospital

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