How to take care of joint and muscle pain in dengue?

Dengue is also known as ‘Break Bone Fever,’ the pain in the joints and muscles are sometimes severe. In dengue, the arthritis is reactive in nature, and sometimes it takes more than 2 to 3 weeks to get rid of joint pain

How to take care of your joint and muscle pain in dengue?

As the monsoon progresses across the state, there is a threat of monsoon related disease, especially those transmitted through mosquitoes such as malaria, chikungunya, and dengue.

Dengue and chikungunya are related to joint swelling and pain, even after complete cure the residual joint stiffness and pain lingers on, and this can which affect the daily routine of an individual.

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Dengue symptoms

Symptoms of dengue include a high fever, headaches, joint and muscle pain, vomiting, and a rash. In some cases, dengue turns into dengue haemorrhagic fever, which causes bleeding from the nose, gums, or under your skin. It can also become dengue shock syndrome, which causes massive bleeding and shock. These forms of dengue are life-threatening.

For treatment, IV fluids and pain medication is very much recommended. It is important to keep checking the blood counts for improvements. Once dengue subsides, the residual pain and stiffness needs to be focused using proper exercises for joint and muscles under a physiotherapist’s supervision.

In physiotherapy – joint mobilisation, muscle strengthening and stretching needs to be involved for flexibility and to reduce the stiffness and pain. Remember to consult physiotherapist before starting any exercises.

You must avoid putting weight on areas, where there is joint paint and muscle stiffness.

Remember to eat healthy after the fever subsided. For people with Vitamin D, E and calcium deficiency a proper diet and exercise is very important.

The author is the Director of Muscle N Mind Physiotherapy Centre based in Mumbai.