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2024 Feb 04

Diagnostics (Basel)




Musculoskeletal and Neuropathic Pain in COVID-19.


Lam CM, Sanderson M, Vu DT, Sayed D, Latif U, Chadwick AL, Staats P, York A, Smith G, Velagapudi V, Khan TW


Chronic pain constitutes a significant disease burden globally and accounts for a substantial portion of healthcare spending. The COVID-19 pandemic contributed to an increase in this burden as patients presented with musculoskeletal or neuropathic pain after contracting COVID-19 or had their chronic pain symptoms exacerbated by the virus. This extensive literature review analyzes the epidemiology of pain pre-pandemic, the costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the impact of the virus on the body, mechanisms of pain, management of chronic pain post-pandemic, and potential treatment options available for people living with chronic pain who have had or are currently infected with COVID-19.