Upper Extremity and Distal Musculoskeletal Problems Months after COVID-19 Vaccination

by By Peter A. McCullough, MD, MPH

I had a patient in the office recently who told me she developed a frozen shoulder in the same arm that received a COVID-19 vaccine. Adhesive capsulitis is a problem that is painful and limits range of motion of the shoulder progressing to becoming completely useless. It took months of therapy for her to work out of this problem.

Park et al performed a retrospective nationwide cohort study used data from the Korean National Health Insurance Service (NHIS) database, involving 2,218,715 individuals. The first shots were by Pfizer 57%, AstraZeneca 35%, and Moderna 2%. They found not only frozen shoulder, but a wide range of upper extremity problems, presumably in the same arm that took the shot.

Data in the table suggest the inflammatory joint problems stirred up by vaccination go beyond the arm and include herniated vertebral discs, chronic back pain, Achilles tendonitis, and plantar fasciitis. It’s my speculation that sites in the body that have pre-existing inflammation may get more heavily seeded with lipid nanoparticles laced with mRNA that work to install the inflammatory Spike protein into those joints and tendons, further worsening the inflammatory pain.

This paper is important for those who are still taking COVID-19 boosters since for each shot the arm has to be chosen. Everyone should be aware this is a manifold increased risk even 12 weeks later of incurring a disabling arm problem with continued vaccination. Additionally, a vaccine candidate should do a self-inventory of body aches and pains before vaccination to give an objective report to doctors on changes with the ill-advised injection.