Shoulder pain after receiving a vaccine in your arm is quite common. However, this pain typically lasts only a short time. If your shoulder pain lasts long after you received a vaccine, you may have a shoulder injury related to vaccine administration, which is commonly referred to as SIRVA.
What is SIRVA?
SIRVA is a rare shoulder injury that results after receiving a vaccine, most commonly the flu vaccine. Ongoing shoulder pain and limited range of motion are the most common symptoms of SIRVA.
SIRVA is caused by the administration of the vaccine into the arm. If a vaccine is incorrectly or inadvertently injected into the underlying bursa of the shoulder, it can lead to inflammation. This inflammation can result in injuries to the ligaments, tendons and other parts of the shoulder.
Can SIRVA be treated?
There are treatment methods that can help alleviate the pain and limited motion in your shoulder. For example, physical therapy can help you gain back some motion in your arm. Additionally, pain medication can help you manage the pain from the shoulder injury. Over time, the injury may heal. In some cases, surgery may be necessary.
What to do if you have SIRVA
If you have lasting shoulder pain after receiving a vaccine, you should seek medical treatment. Additionally, you can seek compensation for your injuries. An attorney with experience handling cases before the Vaccine Court can help you with your claim.
The Vaccine Court is the common name for the Office of Special Masters of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. This court oversees the payment of vaccine injury claims under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.
Through this program, you may be able to secure compensation for your shoulder injury or any other injuries you may have sustained as a result of a vaccination. In fact, the Health and Human Services Department recently submitted a proposed rule that would add SIRVA to the Vaccine Injury table. If it is added, it could make is easier for individuals with SIRVA to secure compensation.