RECOMMENDATIONS FROM DR. BODOR
If you suspect you may have vaccination-related shoulder dysfunction and your shoulder pain is not going away after 2 weeks, we recommend you contact your primary care physician, or an orthopedic/sports medicine specialist. Let them know that you have had shoulder pain since the vaccination and that it is not going away. If they are skeptical about this problem, tell them that there are over 30 peer-reviewed publications in the National Library of Medicine available on PubMed. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/?termSIRVA. There is a review article on the prevalence of this problem: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28774564/ Unfortunately, there have been no articles specifically addressing treatment.
Referral to a physical medicine and rehabilitation or sports medicine specialist with expertise in musculoskeletal diagnostic ultrasound is advisable to further assess the shoulder via ultrasound and sonopalpation to potentially perform targeted ultrasound-guided injections. In general, we are against the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) for disorders that benefit from an increase in blood flow, which is lacking in the rotator cuff tendons. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is useful to look for the track of the vaccination needle and where the vaccine may have been deposited. Subacromial and glenohumeral joint corticosteroid injections can be performed, which we have found helpful for the auto-immune response caused by vaccines deposited in the deeper shoulder structures. Physical therapy can help with frozen shoulder, which can occur with vaccination-related shoulder dysfunction.
If the pain and disability do not resolve with these measures, various surgical techniques are available to treat the shoulder bursa, rotator cuff and adjacent structures. The Bodor Clinic has developed a method to precisely identify the source of pain and treat it using an ultra-minimally invasive technique.
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