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Sep 22, 2023

An elderly client has severe back and hip pain as she recovers from her second bout with COVID. Her doctor gave her a steroid shot, but her MT wonders if the pain is a post-viral form of myalgia. Join us in this episode of “I Have a Client Who . . .” as we look at some research about post-COVID musculoskeletal pain and the many mechanisms involved (and host Ruth Werner throws a short tantrum about a narrowly focused study that misses some important factors).



Books of Discovery:  


Host Bio:        


Ruth Werner is a former massage therapist, a writer, and an NCBTMB-approved continuing education provider. She wrote A Massage Therapist’s Guide to Pathology, now in its seventh edition, which is used in massage schools worldwide. Werner is also a long-time Massage & Bodywork columnist, most notably of the Pathology Perspectives column. Werner is also ABMP’s partner on Pocket Pathology, a web-based app and quick reference program that puts key information for nearly 200 common pathologies at your fingertips. Werner’s books are available at And more information about her is available at   



Recent Articles by Ruth:       


“Working with Invisible Pain,” Massage & Bodywork magazine, November/December 2022, page 36,


“Unpacking the Long Haul,” Massage & Bodywork magazine, January/February 2022, page 35,

“Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy and Massage Therapy,” Massage & Bodywork magazine, September/October 2021, page 33,


“Pharmacology Basics for Massage Therapists,” Massage & Bodywork magazine, July/August 2021, page 32,    






Pocket Pathology:


Alnamlah, O.S. and Almarwani, M.M. (2023) ‘Musculoskeletal pain post-COVID-19 in patients undergoing physical therapy in Saudi Arabia: a cross-sectional study’, BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 24, p. 507. Available at:


Cevei, M. et al. (2022) ‘Rehabilitation of Post-COVID-19 Musculoskeletal Sequelae in Geriatric Patients: A Case Series Study’, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(22), p. 15350. Available at:


Khoja, O. et al. (2022) ‘Clinical Characteristics and Mechanisms of Musculoskeletal Pain in Long COVID’, Journal of Pain Research, 15, pp. 1729–1748. Available at:


Tiwari, V. and Bergman, M.J. (2023) ‘Viral Arthritis’, in StatPearls. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing. Available at: (Accessed: 18 September 2023).



My articles on COVID and massage:


Massage & Bodywork - JANUARY | FEBRUARY 2022 (no date). Available at: (Accessed: 20 September 2023).


Massage & Bodywork - SEPTEMBER | OCTOBER 2020 (no date). Available at: (Accessed: 20 September 2023).