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Adhesive Capsulitis is a type of painful shoulder injury that has been linked to the improper administration of vaccines.

Adhesive capsulitis is a medical condition characterized by stiffness and pain in the shoulder joint. Since adhesive capsulitis commonly results in complete (but temporary) immobility of the shoulder joint, it is also commonly known as “frozen shoulder.”

The Stages of Adhesive Capsulitis

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons describes adhesive capsulitis as a series of three stages that include the following conditions:

  • Freezing – During the “freezing” stage, pain gradually increases while the patient experiences a progressively-reduced range of motion. This stage can last anywhere from six weeks to nine months.
  • Frozen – When the shoulder is “frozen,” the patient experiences complete or near-complete shoulder immobility. When a patient has a frozen shoulder, the patient’s arm is unable to be moved by the patient or others. The “frozen” stage usually lasts four to six months.
  • Thawing – Roughly 5 to 15 months after the onset of the condition, the patient’s shoulder mobility will begin to return. It can take up to two years of “thawing” for the patient to regain normal muscle strength and full range of motion.

Adhesive Capsulitis Resulting From Improper Administration of a Vaccination 

While adhesive capsulitis has several potential causes, one of the most frequent causes is injury due to the improper administration of a vaccine. Instances of frozen shoulder have been linked to a number of different vaccinations, including the annual flu shot. When a vaccine is administered improperly, such as when the needle is injected either too high in the shoulder, or is injected directly into the bursae, the result can be inflammation and other injuries that lead to frozen shoulder.

Treatment for an Adhesive Capsulitis Vaccine Injury

There are both surgical and non-surgical treatments for adhesive capsulitis, though many patients may recover without the need for costly and invasive surgeries. Non-surgical treatments can include:

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Cortisone (steroid) injections into the shoulder joint
  • Physical therapy focused on stretching, strength and range of motion

If your adhesive capsulitis requires surgery, the two most common procedures are: (i) manipulation under anesthesia, which involves intentional stretching or tearing of the scar tissue that is preventing movement; and, (ii) arthroscopic surgery to cut through the restricted areas of the shoulder joint. In many instances, surgeons will use both procedures in combination in order to maximize the patient’s recovery.

Covering Your Medical Bills and Other Losses From Adhesive Capsulitis

With symptoms typically lasting three years or longer, individuals who suffer from adhesive capsulitis often incur substantial bills for treatment, therapy, prescriptions and other medical expenses. For many individuals, adhesive capsulitis also limits their ability to work, perform day-to-day activities, spend time with their families, or enjoy participating in hobbies as done prior to their injuries.  These consequences can take a significant financial and emotional toll, and victims deserve to be compensated for their losses.

The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) provides a no-cost opportunity for certain individuals who suffer from adhesive capsulitis caused by a vaccination to obtain financial compensation. Since 1988, the Vaccine Program has issued billions of dollars to individuals suffering from adhesive capsulitis and other vaccine-related injuries. At the Center for Vaccine Shoulder Pain Recovery, we help victims nationwide obtain compensation through the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. If you are suffering from adhesive capsulitis caused by the faulty administration of a vaccine, learn more about how the Center for Vaccine Shoulder Pain Recovery can help you obtain money for your injury.

Contact Vaccine Attorney Leah Durant for More Information

If you would like to learn more about how to obtain money for your adhesive capsulitis, contact Leah Durant at the Center for Vaccine Shoulder Pain Recovery today. Our team is available to answer your questions and provide you with services and representation at no financial cost to you.  Don’t wait. Call us at 1-844-789-2047 or contact us online to speak with a qualified vaccine attorney today.

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