Why does COVID-19 sometimes cause back pain?

When you get sick, your body sets off an immune response to fight off what doesn’t belong there, such as harmful bacteria or viruses. The joint pain in the back is due to the body’s inflammatory response to the virus.

More specifically, the muscle aches and pains are a result of cells of the immune system releasing interleukins, which are proteins that help in the fight against invading pathogens.

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

In general, the aches and pains you feel from COVID-19 feel much different than the soreness you’d feel after, say, intense exercise. The pain from working out tends to go away after a few hours but can persist for days with COVID-19.

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

Although aches and pains can be a sign of COVID-19, other conditions or injuries are more commonly associated with back pain, including sitting too much and poor posture, which you may be dealing with if you’ve been working from home. A sports injury, arthritis, a bulging disc in the spine, or osteoporosis could also be to blame.

If your back pain persists more than a few weeks, becomes more severe over time, or is accompanied by unexplained weight loss or numbness in the limbs, talk to your chiropractor to ensure a proper diagnosis.

When you take your first trip to the chiropractor, take the time to educate yourself of the practice. It is important you feel safe and educated on the benefits and risks before you obtain any treatment.

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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