Leo Harmon talks to 12 News about the physical pain associated with the pandemic

2020 burnout: How the stress of the past year can manifest in physical pain

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A physical response to fatigue brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions is being summed up as “2020 burnout.”

Over the past year, everyone was laser-focused on protecting their bodies from the coronavirus, but in doing so, some have started to experience other ailments, according to Leo Harmon from Pappas OPT Physical Therapy.

“We’re seeing a lot of people with stress-related pain,” Harmon said.

Lynda West is one of those people.

“I experienced low-back pain for the first time in my life,” she said.

For the past 11 years, West has worked as a yoga instructor.

“While you’re teaching, you’re moving and you’re showing and you’re demonstrating, so there was a part of my body that I was always stretching,” she explained.

In April, the studio where she taught shut down and was never able to reopen.

“I found a wonderful job, but it was a desk job, so something very, very different,” West said. “Right away, I started to experience neck pain, shoulder pain, down into my arm, tingling and numbness.”

Continue reading about Lynda’s story and how Leo has been able to help her here.

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