We have been through a lot for more than a year as we have dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic. And while it is not over just yet, we can keep some lessons in mind. Some of what we have gone through has led to increased headaches and jaw pain, impacting our bodies in ways we are not used to. Let’s take a look at some ways the pandemic has impacted our bodies.

The changes we have experienced

During the past year lifestyle changes, isolation and increased stress have taken a toll on our physician health and well-being. Some physicians and other health professionals have even reported that people are experiencing more neck and back pain than before. They are also exhibiting jaw tension, vision problems and other health issues. 

Why this has happened

There may be a lot of reasons as to why these health problems are popping up over the course of the pandemic. One main culprit is work-from-home set ups. Some people don’t have proper set ups to protect their backs, necks and eyes, leading to headaches and jaw pain. 

We have also seen more sedentary lifestyles and unhealthy diets due to a period in which gyms were closed and many were afraid to go to the grocery store. On top of all of that, the added stress felt from the pandemic has led to people feeling more pain than normal. In fact, it is estimated that about 70% of people with chronic pain experienced worsening symptoms over the course of the pandemic.

If you are experiencing headaches and jaw pain, contact Dr. Mayoor Patel at Craniofacial Pain and Dental Sleep Center of Georgia to learn more about what treatments are available to help.