Muscle soreness often occurs after performing a new or an intense exercise. These days however, many people are experiencing muscle soreness in their arm following the COVID-19 vaccination. This is a common reaction and should only last a few days according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. This side effect is a sign that your body is building protection. The good news is, you can help relieve the soreness through movement! Here are just a few stretches and exercises you can use to help reduce the pain in your arm following the vaccine.
Be sure to exercise within your own ability. In most cases, soreness or pain is normal. Contact your healthcare provider if your side effects do not seem to be going away after a few days.
Learn more about how we’re helping patients impacted by COVID-19, through our COVID-19 Recovery and Rehabilitation program.
If you’re returning to your daily activities and exercises and find that ongoing pain or a past injury is limiting you, schedule a Free Assessment at a nearby Athletico. Free Assessments are available in-clinic and through our Telehealth platform.
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