Flu shots, tetanus shots, and other vaccines can often cause a shoulder rotator cuff tear and other rotator cuff injuries such as Tendonitis. Rotator cuff injuries can be painful and debilitating for people of all ages. In the case of a rotator cuff tear or injury, vaccines are administered into the deltoid of the vaccine recipient’s shoulder. If the injection is administered too high on the shoulder, the needle can penetrate the sensitive tendons and bursa within. This can cause inflammation of the rotator cuff and subsequently lead to additional complications. Often, a complete tear of the rotator cuff will occur.
My Vaccine Lawyer's founding partner Paul Brazil was featured in an interview with Jodie Fleischer of NBC4 Washington about shoulder injuries from vaccines. These vaccine injuries are referred to as SIRVA, and side effects can vary among pain levels and side effects.
In some cases, the shoulder pain will resolve on its own within a reasonable amount of time. If it does not, then the pain is likely being caused by a significant injury such as rotator cuff tear, Frozen Shoulder, Tendonitis, or Bursitis. If this is the case, a primary care physician should be consulted.
A primary care physician will likely refer the patient to an orthopedic doctor who specializes in these injuries. In order to diagnose the injury, the orthopedist may recommend that the patient undergo an MRI of the shoulder. The MRI may show inflammation, fluid collection, swelling, or even a tear of the rotator cuff. After the orthopedist reviews the MRI, they can offer a specific diagnosis.
If any of these symptoms arise after a vaccine, it is likely that the vaccine recipient has resulting rotator cuff injury:
In mild cases, the patient will recover fully after a course of physical therapy. If physical therapy is not does not resolve the symptoms, the orthopedist may recommend corticosteroid (Cortisone) injections. These steroid injections can relieve inflammation. In some cases the injections will completely resolve the problem. In others, the relief may only be temporary. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary. In the case of a torn rotator cuff, surgery may be performed to repair the tear. If underlying Bursitis or Tendonitis is to blame for the symptoms, surgery to repair those conditions may be necessary as well. Our vaccine injury lawyers handle countless cases involving rotator cuff injuries caused by vaccines. For more information, please contact us for a free consultation.
Page last reviewed and updated: October 1, 2019