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Tendinitis

Occurrences of Tendinitis

Improper vaccine administration either in the pharmacy or at a doctor’s office can cause adverse reactions such as shoulder injuries. Flu shots and other vaccines can cause shoulder tendinitis, a painful condition caused by inflammation of the tendons connecting the shoulder muscles to the bone.

If you suffered tendinitis caused by a flu shot or other vaccine, you can seek compensation from the National Vaccine Injury Trust Fund. Seek help from one of our vaccine injury lawyers.

Recent Flu Shot Case Results: $180,000 for shoulder injury (tendinitis, bursitis, rotator cuff surgery) caused by flu shot in Oregon.

Onset of tendinitis

Various vaccines can be injected into a person’s deltoid. If the injection is performed too high on shoulder, the vaccine can penetrate the sensitive tendons within.

Tendons are thick cords of tissue that attach muscle to bone. If a vaccine penetrates the tendons or other sensitive areas like the bursa sac, it can cause an inflammatory response. The inflammation can present in the bursa (bursitis), tendons (tendinitis) or around the rotator cuff. Inflammation then causes pain.

Frequent symptoms

If any of the below arise after receiving your vaccine, it is likely the vaccine caused tendinitis:

  • Pain when moving the arm out to the side or behind
  • Tenderness of the front and upper parts of the shoulder
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness

Diagnosing the injury

If your shoulder pain does not resolve in a short period of time, it is likely a serious injury. A person suffering from shoulder injuries following vaccination should see their primary care physician as soon as possible.

Your primary doctor will likely refer the you to an orthopedic doctor who specializes in shoulder injuries. In order to diagnose the injury, the orthopedic will often order an MRI of the shoulder be done. MRIs are the most useful diagnostic test when it comes to diagnosing shoulder injuries.

The MRI may show inflammation, fluid collection, or swelling. After the orthopedic reviews the MRI, they can offer a specific for the shoulder injury.

Is there treatment for tendinitis?

In mild cases, the patient will recover fully after a course of physical therapy. Physical therapy will usually be prescribed 2-3 times per week for a course of around 3 months.

If physical therapy is not beneficial, the orthopedic doctor may recommend corticosteroid injections. These steroid injections, also known as cortisone shots, have the ability to relieve inflammation in some instances. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary. The damage could be substantial enough to require removal of the bursa or repair of ruptured tendons.

Compensation for tendinitis injuries

Do you believe that you or someone you know has suffered from tendinitis following a vaccination? You may be entitled to compensation from the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Contact our vaccine injury lawyers for a free consultation at (800) 229-7704.