August 31, 2023
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:
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.
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.
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.
COVID-19 patients may experience muscle weakness due to prolonged bed rest due to the virus's effects on the muscles.
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.
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: