Why does COVID-19 sometimes cause back pain?

Updated: Jul 18


Every so often, when we fall ill with some sickness, our body triggers a response to fight back the harmful organisms that aren't expected within our system. It is our immune system's response to such alien bodies that present themselves within our body. For example, one response our body triggers during any joint pain we encounter in our back is the inflammatory immune response, which tries to ward off the harmful virus.


When the cells of our immune system release certain proteins that actually help to ward off against these harmful invaders, it results in what we usually call muscle aches or muscular pains. And those proteins that the cells release to fight back the invasion of harmful pathogens are called interleukins. They are a subsection of more significant group cytokines, which are effectively regarded as cellular messengers and messenger molecules.


What does back pain due to COVID-19 feel like?


Broadly speaking, when we feel these aches and pains after being afflicted by COVID-19, they are in reality much different than those aches and pains that we feel after some intense exercising. While those aches and pains from exercising tend to wane off after a few hours, those aches and pains caused under the influence of COVID-19 affliction may linger on for days at an end.


Having back pain doesn’t automatically mean you have COVID-19.


Most aches and pains in the back are attributed to pain from various injuries or other

conditions, which are aggravated multiple times due to incorrect or poor posture, sitting more than locomotion, standing, and other forms of stronger activities. Working from home in today's situation during the ongoing pandemic is a major cause of such poor posture or prolonged sitting.


However, we should also strongly consider that such pains and aches may also be caused due to COVID-19, where such pains and aches are also considered symptoms of being afflicted by the virus. Other factors that may be blamed for such aches and pains are osteoporosis, arthritis, sports injury, a bulging disc that may have formed in the spine itself, and also many other forms of injury.


Back Pain Advice


In case the back pain or ache is prolonged for over a few weeks, it is always advisable that you visit your chiropractor and get proper diagnostics performed immediately. However, if the pain or ache becomes severe with passing time, it is time for you to get it diagnosed well.


Again, if the pain or ache also entails weight loss that you cannot explain, or your limbs are feeling numb and a tad drab, please don't procrastinate. Instead, get a thorough check-up done and have your chiropractor diagnose your condition thoroughly. They will give you a detailed explanation and correct explanation, and then they will advise you of the appropriate medical treatment for it.


If this is your first visit to a chiropractor, always be well informed of the practice. Take time to educate yourself appropriately on what a chiropractor actually does and how they may help you. It is always advisable that you be well informed and educated about the benefits and limitations before undergoing any treatment. It is essential that you feel safe.


In our clinic in Stoney Creek, we are happy to discuss with you what we do to the point you are making an educated decision.


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