Post-Covid Syndrome... A mystery in the making.
We have observed sufficient Covid positive patients to understand the toll the virus takes on the body. Many have survived the viruses' immediate effects but continue to suffer with significant impairments that have effected multiple body systems. For Example, one of my patients, Ed comes in with chief complaint of upper and lower back pain and strangely enough on examination presented with signs and symptoms consistent with Cervical and Lumbar Radiculopathy. MRI confirmed multiple herniations throughout the spinal cord two weeks later. It is possible that somehow the COVID virus incited an autoimmune response, which in Ed's case resulted in degradation of the intervertebral discs, ultimately causing spinal impingement and severe upper and lower body pain. Ed was successfully treated in PT by a combination of Mckenzie exercises, postural/ergonomic re training, along with a variety manual and soft tissue techniques. By 7 weeks, he was feeling up to 90 percent better.