Vaccine-Related Rotator Cuff Tears
Are You Suffering from SIRVA?
Although most vaccines are recommended with the promise to protect us against disease, there can be side effects that come along with getting a vaccination. While a hard pinch and even a few hours of pain near the site of the injection may seem normal, there are side effects you may experience which are not. If you or your child have recently received a shot or vaccination which has left you with unusual painful arm or shoulder symptoms, you may have a shoulder injury related to vaccination administration (SIRVA).
Understanding the Symptoms
Rotator cuff tears are one of the most common types of shoulder injuries. It occurs when one of the tendons of the rotator cuff muscles experiences a tear. This injury can occur as a result of overuse, as well as from a vaccination.
The symptoms of this type of injury may include:
- Shoulder and arm pain
- Pain when sleeping on your shoulder
- Pain when reaching over your head
- Pain when reaching behind your back
- Tenderness in the shoulder
- Weakness in the shoulder
- Cracking or snapping noises
Vaccine-Related Adhesive Capsulitis
Are you suffering from adhesive capsulitis after a vaccination? Adhesive capsulitis or frozen shoulder may develop after a vaccination, which causes pain and the inability to properly use the shoulder. After a period of time, the muscles or joints may become restricted and therefore, the shoulder becomes “frozen.” This injury can be caused by a shoulder injury related to vaccine administration (SIRVA).
If an individual notices pain in their shoulder within 48 hours after vaccination and it continues thereafter, adhesive capsulitis may develop. It is important to report this to a healthcare professional as soon as possible. We will explain the importance of timing during our consultation.
This would be related to a poorly administrated vaccine. Adhesive capsulitis, similar to other shoulder injuries caused by poor vaccine administration, are covered under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Adhesive capsulitis is very painful. The maximum damages provided under the Vaccine Act to cover pain and suffering are limited to $250,000.00.