PHYSIOS in Solihull are seeing an increase in patients suffering from shoulder pain after receiving a Covid vaccination.
Urban Body’s Phil Evans says his team and many colleagues across the country are treating more frozen shoulders than usual, with a likely cause being the administration of the injection too high up the arm into the shoulder joint, rather than the deltoid muscle.
Phil said: “My advice is to remind the medical professional administering your Covid vaccine that it shouldn’t be injected too close to your shoulder.
“To prevent potential pain I would also recommend applying ice over your injection site and starting some low level strengthening to activate your rotator cuff muscles, such as shoulder rotations.
“If you’re still experiencing pain after two weeks, seek medical advice because long term conditions like frozen shoulder are very painful and could last for months if not treated quickly.”
Physiotherapy can also help with the symptoms of long Covid, with hands-on treatment and a tailored strengthening programme helping to relieve patients of upper back and neck pain, as well as global fatigue and shortness of breath.