Elderly doctor's hand trembled and shook substantially during my shoulder cortisone injection. There was strong pain at the time. Now, 1 day later my shoulder is very painfull and stiff.
It's not at all unusual for there to be strong pain with that type of injection in the shoulder. I've had several of these injections, and the fact is that they hurt. It's a long needle that has to be maneuvered under and up to get beneath the shoulder cap. It's probable that because of the pain, you tended to not to use your shoulder, or to use it much less than usual. That would lead to the pain and stiffness you felt the next day. You can apply an ice pack, take OTC Aleve or ibuprofen and gently exercise your shoulder. Try some simple arm rotations several times a day and don't hesitate to use your shoulder. I'm not suggesting heavy lifting or an aggressive workout, but your usual day to day activity. The soreness and stiffness should work itself out in a couple of days.
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