While the effects of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to ripple across the world, researchers have been examining the potential long-term health implications of patients who have survived the virus. From loss of taste and smell to extreme tiredness, and more serious side effects including continued respiratory difficulty, chest pain, and even PTSD – the list has been ongoing. Amid this research, another post-COVID symptom has become noted: increased or acute joint pain.
The Lancet Rheumatology published an article in October 2020 citing that nearly 15% of COVID-19 patients reported experiencing joint pain.
“Viral infections are a known cause of acute arthralgia (joint pain) and arthritis,” the authors of the research wrote. “Approximately 1 percent of all cases of acute inflammatory arthritis have a viral origin.”
On the other hand, other research shows that viruses, much like COVID-19, can often trigger the body to attack itself and that can cause inflammation, muscle soreness, and as suspected – long-lasting joint pain.
The study by Northwestern University from February 2021 stated that many patients reported rheumatoid arthritis flares long after the virus had passed their system.
How to Ease Chronic Joint Pain After COVID
If you are experiencing chronic pain in your knees, hips, ankles, feet, back, or any other joints – it is advisable to seek medical attention to alleviate these discomforts as soon as possible.
Applying heat, engaging in low-impact exercise, losing weight, and ensuring proper rest are some of the ways you can alleviate pain at home. If these methods prove to be ineffective, we recommend you book an appointment at ViscoGen™ to discuss your symptoms and explore your options.
Is Joint Pain Impacting Your Quality of Life?
If you or someone you know is experiencing increased, long-lasting joint pain after contracting COVID-19, the medical team at ViscoGen™ in Orlando is here to help. We offer non-surgical solutions that are designed to naturally lubricate, heal, and strengthen painful joints – whether they are caused by osteoarthritis, obesity, or any other underlying medical condition.
No matter what age it arises, joint pain can negatively affect a patient’s quality of life. Contact us today to book your free consultation.
**If you have been exposed to or tested positive for Coronavirus within the last two weeks, please do not visit our office in person. Call to schedule an appointment and our team will be happy to assist you.**