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Bursitis

What is Bursitis?

Were you diagnosed with bursitis after a flu shot or do you have serious arm pain after a flu shot? Flu shots and other vaccines can cause bursitis or other shoulder injuries.

If you suffered bursitis caused by a flu shot or other vaccine, you can seek compensation from the National Vaccine Injury Trust Fund. Our vaccine injury lawyers have handled dozens of vaccine injuries which resulted in bursitis.

How Bursitis starts

Vaccines are injected into the deltoid, which is the shoulder cap. If the injection is performed too high on shoulder, the vaccine can penetrate a sensitive area called the bursa sac.

Related Vaccine Injury Case Result: $166,622 for bursitis and rotator cuff injuries due to flu shot at work.

The bursa is a fluid-filled compartment that essentially acts as a lubricant – it allows the muscles, tendons, and bones of the shoulder joint to move smoothly.

When the vaccine penetrates the bursa, it can cause an inflammatory response. The inflammation can present in the bursa (bursitis), tendons (tendinitis) or around the rotator cuff. The aforementioned inflammation causes severe pain and often a reduced range of motion.

What are the symptoms?

If any of these symptoms arise after a vaccination, it is very possible that the person has bursitis because of the vaccine administration:

  1. Pain when moving the arm, especially moving the arm out to the side or behind
  2. Tenderness of the front and upper parts of the shoulder
  3. Burning pain

How Bursitis can be diagnosed

In some cases, the shoulder pain will resolve on its own within a few weeks. If it does not, then the pain is likely caused by a significant injury such as bursitis. A person suffering from shoulder injuries following vaccination should see their family doctor as soon as possible.

The family doctor will likely refer the patient to an orthopedic doctor who specializes in these injuries. In order to diagnose the injury, the orthopedic will often prescribe an MRI of the injured shoulder. MRIs are the most useful diagnostic test when it comes to diagnosing shoulder injuries.

The MRI may show inflammation, fluid collection, swelling, or even tears. After the orthopedic reviews the MRI, they can offer a diagnosis that usually includes one or all of the following: bursitis, tendinitis, adhesive capsulitis, and rotator cuff tear.

Options for treating Bursitis

In mild cases, those injured 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 can relieve inflammation and help the patient regain some of their strength and mobility. In some cases, the injections will completely remedy the problem. In others, the relief may be temporary.

In severe cases, surgery may be necessary. The damage could be substantial enough to require removal of the bursa or repair of the tendons.

Can I receive compensation for my Bursitis injury?

If you or a loved one has suffered bursitis from a vaccine injury, you may be entitled to compensation from the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. For more information, please contact us for a free consultation. Our vaccine injury lawyers welcome the opportunity to speak with you.