Chronic Shoulder Pain Caused by a Shot

Preventive medicine is filled with injections of various sorts, which are widely considered safe and effective. But the needle itself still represents a small trauma to your system, and when it’s placed in the wrong location, trouble can follow.

This recent account of a botched injection, and the chronic shoulder pain that followed, should serve as a rare but valuable cautionary tale. As one scientist said:

“A vaccine is an immunologically sensitive substance, and if you were to receive an injection too high – in the wrong place – you could get pain, swelling and reduced range of motion in that area,” says Tom Shimabukuro, deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s immunization safety office. When that happens, he adds, “an acute process can become chronic.”

Shoulder pain can arise from injury, trauma, disease or stress. The only way to trace any pain back to its source is with a complete examination from an orthopedic shoulder pain specialist. If you are experiencing shoulder pain that never seems to diminish, please contact the San Diego orthopedic surgeons at AOSM today.

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