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Bursitis Injury

Bursitis and vaccine injuries intersect when an injection is improperly administered,
leading to inflammation in the bursa.

Consult with our legal professionals if you believe the injury was due to medical negligence.


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What is Bursitis?

Are you experiencing debilitating pain from bursitis? Has your life been disrupted by the physical and financial burden of this condition? You're not alone. At My Vaccine Lawyer, we understand the challenges that come with bursitis and other soft tissue injuries and are here to help you understand your legal options.

Bursitis is a painful condition caused by the inflammation of the bursae. Bursae are small fluid-filled sacs that act as cushions between bones, tendons, muscles, and skin. They help with smooth movement. When these sacs become inflamed, usually due to repetitive movements, prolonged pressure, trauma, or underlying medical conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, it leads to bursitis.

This condition is a soft tissue injury and commonly affects areas like the shoulder, hip, knee, and elbow. Bursitis results in debilitating pain, making it difficult to perform everyday tasks or engage in physical activities.

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Vaccine-Related Bursitis

Subacromial subdeltoid bursitis has been identified as a potential adverse reaction to vaccination. In a study by the National Institutes of Health on influenza vaccination, it was found that there's a 7.8 times higher risk of subdeltoid bursitis, and symptoms can show up within three days after vaccination. While vaccine-related bursitis occurrences are uncommon, it's important to be aware of potential side effects.

Bursitis falls under SIRVA in the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). Specifically, it is listed in relation to vaccines containing tetanus toxoid, such as: 

  • DTaP
  • DTP
  • DT
  • Td
  • TT

Currently, Bursitis is considered compensable if it occurs within 48 hours after vaccination and meets defined medical criteria.​

Other Causes of Bursitis

Bursitis can be triggered by various factors, with repetitive motion and prolonged pressure being common culprits. Some of the primary causes of bursitis include:

  • Repetitive Motions: This is frequently observed in occupations or activities that involve repetitive motions, such as typing (leading to carpal tunnel syndrome), lifting heavy objects, or playing certain sports.
  • Trauma: A car accident, falls, or sudden impacts are examples of events that can result in bursitis.
  • Underlying Medical Conditions: Certain medical conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, gout, or infections, can increase the risk of developing bursitis.
  • Prolonged Pressure: Prolonged pressure on a joint or bursa, such as kneeling or leaning on elbows for extended periods, can cause irritation and inflammation of the bursae, resulting in bursitis.
  • Age: As we age, the bursae may become less elastic and more prone to inflammation, increasing the risk of bursitis development.
  • Occupational Factors: Certain occupations that require repetitive or strenuous movements, such as construction work, gardening, or assembly line work, can predispose individuals to bursitis.

It’s far easier to implement effective treatment and prevention strategies when familiar with the underlying causes. If your bursitis is the result of an accident, work-related activity, or negligence, an experienced personal injury lawyer can provide legal guidance and support in filing a personal injury claim.

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What are the Symptoms of Bursitis?

Bursitis symptoms manifest in different ways, which vary depending on the affected area of the body. Common symptoms include:

  • Pain: Persistent or intermittent joint pain, often worsening with movement or pressure.
  • Swelling: Visible swelling or inflammation in the affected area due to fluid buildup in the bursa.
  • Tenderness: Increased sensitivity and discomfort when pressure is applied to the inflamed bursa.
  • Stiffness: Limited range of motion in the affected joint, making it difficult to move freely.
  • Warmth: Increased warmth or heat around the affected area due to inflammation.
  • Redness: Visible redness or discoloration of the skin overlying the inflamed bursa.
  • Difficulty Performing Activities: Impaired ability to perform everyday tasks or engage in physical activities due to pain and limited mobility.

Seek medical attention if you suspect you have bursitis. Early diagnosis and treatment helps alleviate discomfort and prevents further complications.Being proactive about your symptoms also shifts accountability off your shoulders in the case of a legal issue.

Diagnosing and Treating Bursitis

Diagnosing bursitis typically involves a thorough evaluation of your medical history, a physical examination, and, in some cases, diagnostic tests. During the physical exam, your healthcare provider may assess the affected joint for signs of: 

  • Tenderness
  • Swelling 
  • Limited range of motion

They may also inquire about your symptoms and any recent injuries or activities that may have contributed to your condition. In some cases, imaging tests such as X-rays, ultrasounds, or MRI scans will be recommended to rule out other underlying conditions or to assess the extent of inflammation and damage to the affected bursa.

Treatment for bursitis aims to alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, and improve mobility. Depending on the severity and cause of your bursitis, treatment options may include:

  • Rest and Activity Modification: Avoiding activities that exacerbate your symptoms and giving the affected joint adequate rest help reduce inflammation and promote healing.
  • Ice Therapy: Applying ice packs to the affected area helps reduce swelling and alleviates pain. Use a barrier such as a cloth or towel to protect your skin from direct contact with the ice.
  • Pain Medications: Over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or naproxen may help alleviate pain and reduce inflammation. In some cases, your healthcare provider may prescribe stronger pain medications or corticosteroid injections to provide relief.
  • Physical Therapy: A physical therapist will develop a personalized exercise program to improve strength, flexibility, and range of motion in the affected joint. They may also use ultrasound or massage therapy to reduce inflammation and promote healing.
  • Immobilization: In severe cases of bursitis, immobilizing the affected joint with a splint or brace may be necessary.
  • Aspiration: Your healthcare provider may perform a procedure called aspiration to drain the fluid and alleviate pressure on the joint.This is for large build ups of fluid.
  • Surgery: In rare cases where gentler treatments are ineffective, surgical intervention may be considered to remove the inflamed bursa or repair damaged tissues.

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How We Can Help

At My Vaccine Lawyer, we understand the pain and frustration that comes with bursitis. That's why we're dedicated to treating you with the respect and compassion you deserve as we go through this process together. Bursitis injuries are tough, but you don't have to face it alone. Our bursitis injury lawyers are well-versed in the medical, legal, and factual intricacies involved in these cases, guaranteeing we're equipped to handle any challenges that arise.

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If you or a loved one is suffering from bursitis due to an accident, work-related activity, or negligence, don't wait to seek help. Attempting to navigate the legal process on your own will likely hinder your chances of obtaining the compensation you're entitled to. Contact us today for a consultation. We're here to support you every step of the way and fight for the justice you deserve.

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