Fall is here and with it comes flu season. Doctors and health professionals advise people to get vaccinated. But what if your annual, cold-weather flu shot ends up giving you a frozen shoulder?
Vaccinations and injections into the shoulder or upper arm area (particularly high in the middle deltoid) have been linked to the development of frozen shoulder. Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is an extremely painful and debilitating condition. Scar tissues or “adhesions” form in and around the shoulder joint and cause immobility and pain–particularly at night. An estimated 3-5% of the world’s population suffers from frozen shoulder and it mainly develops in people aged 40 and above. Those who have underlying conditions such as diabetes or menopause, and those who strain or injure their shoulder are especially prone to developing frozen shoulder.
Dr. Allan Oolo-Austin, the world’s leading expert in curing frozen shoulder, confirms the connection between vaccinations and frozen shoulder. At his Trigenics® Frozen Shoulder Clinics in North America and Europe, he has treated numerous patients that claim that their frozen shoulder ultimately originated after receiving a vaccine injection in the shoulder.
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There is research in vaccine journals to substantiate this occurrence. When certain conditions exist in the body, a person’s immune response overreacts to any slight strain or injury–even something as benign as a needle injection. This overreaction usually occurs in the form of pain and inflammation. People tend to avoid using their arm and shoulder at this time because they think that this will facilitate recovery. However, the lack of use allows adhesions to start forming. The shoulder becomes even more painful, range of motion becomes restricted, and frozen shoulder develops.
Dr. Oolo-Austin advises that, “If a person chooses to be vaccinated or needs an injection, they should ask that it be administered in the thigh or as far away from the shoulder as possible.” An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Vaccinations can be excellent preventative measures against viruses and diseases. But in the case of frozen shoulder, one must be careful that the “prevention” does not lead to more problems down the road.