Flu shots, tetanus shots, and other vaccines can often cause a 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, vaccinations are administered into the deltoid of the vaccine recipient’s shoulder. If the injection is performed 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. More often than not, a complete tear of the rotator cuff can occur.
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 caused by a significant injury such as rotator cuff tear, frozen shoulder, tendonitis, or bursitis.
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 orthopedic may recommend that the patient undergo an MRI of the shoulder. The MRI may show inflammation, fluid collection, swelling, or even tear of the rotator cuff. After the orthopedic doctor reviews the MRI, they can offer a specific diagnosis.
If any of these symptoms arise after a flu shot, it is likely that the person has a rotator cuff injury caused by the flu shot:
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In mild cases, the patient will recover fully after a course of physical therapy. If physical therapy is not beneficial, the orthopedic doctor may recommend corticosteroid (often known as Cortisone) injections. These steroid injections can relieve inflammation. In some cases the injections will completely remedy 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.
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