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The COVID19 Arm.

Do you have a sore arm after receiving COVID 19 vaccination?

It’s a good thing!

After some long queues for vaccines, finally the wait is over. But the jab also causes some after-effects. Recently, many of our patients complained of sore and swollen arms after they got Vaccinated. A few also had a global restriction in ROM due to pain.

The truth is, this is a very normal thing after getting vaccinated. Whether it is vaccine for COVID-19, influenza, BCG, etc.

Why do we have these reaction to the vaccine and how to find some release?

To get to the bottom of this, we must understand  how vaccines work. Cutting a long story short, the vaccine you get emulates the infection without causing infection. Basically when a germ like virus, or bacteria comes in contact with your body, your immune system learns to fight off the infection and builds a memory to fight the infection stronger next time.

Vaccine works by exposing your immune system with the inactive or non-infectious version of these germs. This helps your body to build the protective memory without having to get the dangerous infection.

As the vaccine helps in activating your immune system, this can cause symptoms that you experience when you get sick. It includes fever, chills, soreness, fatigue, etc. Another way to look at these side-effects of vaccine is that they are the signs that your immune system is working.

When we talk about the side effects of vaccine, there are two types of reactions:
1. Systemic: these happen throughout your body or away from the site of injection. E.g. fever, chills, headache, etc.
2. Local: These happen at the site of injection. E.g. arm soreness, redness, swelling, etc.

Various studies show that the local as well as systemic side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine don’t last for more than few days. So, people shouldn’t be worried about arm soreness after getting vaccinated. This unpleasant feeling in your arm along with other systemic side-effects of vaccine means that your immune system is working and is protecting you from the virus. It is a rare case scenario when the side-effects of the vaccine are quiet severe.

Here’s what you can do to relieve pain:

  • Keep your arm moving and use it throughout the day.
  • APPLY ICE PACK FOR 10-15 mins.
  • Try these 3 exercises:
    [NOTE: these are generic exercises.  To get your tailor made exercise plan, please book an appointment with our CurAlgia physio.]


1. Shoulder flexion:
– Sit on a stool with both arms at the side.
– Slowly lift both your arms forwards and upward (breathe in)
– Bring it down at the starting position. (breathe out)
– Repeat 10 times for 3 sets.

2. Shoulder Abduction:
– Sit on a stool with both arms at the side.
– Slowly lift both your arms sideways and upward (breathe in)
– Bring it down at the starting position. (breathe out)
– Repeat 10 times for 3 sets.

3. Towel stretch.
– Use a towel 3 feet long.
– Sit straight on a stool or yoga mat.
– Hold one end of the towel with one hand.
– Slowly bring the towel behind your back.
– Grab the opposite end of the towel with your other hand.
– To stretch the shoulder, pull one end of the towel upward with one hand, while pulling the bottom of the towel downward with the other hand.
– Repeat 10 times for 3 sets.

2 comments

  1. thank you doctor its really helpful

    1. You’re welcome. Keep moving!

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