Shoulder Bursitis After a Vaccine: What to Know

David Carney by David Carney, Partner of Green & Schafle

Have you developed shoulder bursitis after a vaccine, like a flu shot? Learn about shoulder bursitis, how a vaccine can be the cause, and how to get help

## What is Shoulder Bursitis? Shoulder bursitis, also known as subacromial bursitis, is a common condition that can cause pain, swelling, and decreased range of motion in the shoulder joint. While bursitis can occur for a variety of reasons, including overuse and injury, there have been reports of shoulder bursitis occurring after a person receives a vaccine injection. The bursa is a fluid-filled sac located between the bones and tendons in the shoulder joint. Its main function is to reduce friction and cushion the joint during movement. When the bursa becomes inflamed, it can lead to the development of bursitis. This can happen due to repetitive movements, sudden impact or injury, or underlying medical conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. ## Can a Vaccine, Like the Flu Shot, Cause Shoulder Bursitis? In recent years, there have been reports of people developing shoulder bursitis after receiving a vaccine injection, particularly the flu shot and the COVID-19 vaccine. While the exact cause is not fully understood, it is believed that the vaccine injection can cause trauma to the bursa, resulting in inflammation and bursitis. One reason for this could be the improper technique used during the administration of the vaccine. If the needle is not “landmarked” properly, meaning that the vaccine is administered too high in the arm, the injection could damage the bursa and surrounding tissues, leading to shoulder bursitis. Also, if the injection is not inserted at the correct angle or depth, the bursa and surrounding tissues can be damaged, leading to shoulder bursitis. Additionally, some individuals may have an underlying shoulder injury or weakness, and the vaccine injection could exacerbate the condition. ## What are the Symptoms of Shoulder Bursitis? Symptoms of shoulder bursitis can manifest within hours or days after receiving a vaccine injection. The most common symptom is pain and tenderness in the shoulder, which can radiate down the arm. This pain may worsen with certain movements, making it difficult to perform everyday tasks or even sleep at night. Other symptoms may include redness, swelling, and warmth in the affected area. If you have recently received a vaccine injection and are experiencing these symptoms, it is essential to seek medical attention promptly. A healthcare professional will perform a physical exam and potentially order imaging tests, such as an X-ray or MRI, to confirm the diagnosis of shoulder bursitis. ## What Treatment is Available for Shoulder Bursitis? Treatment options for shoulder bursitis may include rest, ice to reduce inflammation, and physical therapy to improve range of motion and strength in the shoulder. In most cases, shoulder bursitis caused by a vaccine injection will resolve with conservative treatments. However, in rare cases, the bursa may become infected, requiring antibiotics or even surgical drainage to prevent further complications. ## Can Shoulder Bursitis After a Vaccine be Prevented? To prevent the occurrence of shoulder bursitis after a vaccine injection, it is crucial to ensure that the vaccine is administered correctly. This includes ensuring that the healthcare provider administering the vaccine uses the correct placement, angle and depth during vaccine injection and avoids excessive pressure on the shoulder afterward. If you have a preexisting shoulder injury, it is essential to inform the healthcare professional administering the vaccine to take extra precautions. While shoulder bursitis is a known condition, it is essential to be aware of the potential link between vaccine injections and its development. If you experience symptoms of shoulder bursitis after receiving a vaccine, seek medical attention promptly for proper diagnosis and treatment. With proper precautions, shoulder bursitis can be prevented, and individuals can receive the benefits of necessary vaccinations without any complications. ## Have You Developed Shoulder Bursitis After a Vaccine? You Could be Eligible for Compensation If you believe you have developed shoulder bursitis following a vaccine, like the flu shot, you could be eligible for compensation for your injury. A federal program called the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) has been setup to review cases involving vaccine injuries – and award compensation to individuals suffering from an adverse reaction to a vaccine. Consult with an experienced vaccine injury lawyer at Green & Schafle for free to review your case and see if your injury is eligible for compensation. Request a callback below to schedule your free consultation.
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