A recent study published in the journal Skeletal Radiology suggests that the coronavirus can contribute to the severity of joint pain. While muscle aches and joint stiffness are among the symptoms one affected with COVID-19 can experience, patients diagnosed with the illness may experience related types of pain.
According to researchers at Northwestern University, some patients may experience issues like Rheumatoid Arthritis and myositis — a type of muscle inflammation — that require long-term management. “We’ve realized that the COVID virus can trigger the body to attack itself in different ways…” reports corresponding author Dr. Swati Deshmukh with regards to the study. (Source: Science Daily)
One joint pain relevant symptom of the illness, “COVID toes,” is defined by the swelling and discoloration of the toes. Skin will appear reddish or purple, and blisters or raised bumps on the skin may also form. This symptom is most common among younger COVID patients and can last anywhere from two weeks to a few months. (Source: American Academy of Dermatology)
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For more information on joint pain treatments due to illness, injury, or other issues, contact Bon Secours Virginia Orthopaedic and Spine Specialists.