Harrison Ford health: Indiana Jones star’s injury came as ‘huge blow’- symptoms

The legendary Hollywood star who also appeared in the original Star Wars franchise as Hans Solo, was reportedly injured during a fight scene, and later was pictured wearing a sling after it emerged the injury was to his shoulder. At the time an insider of the film revealed more details about the incident and the state of Ford’s health. They said: “It is Harrison’s last outing as Indiana and everyone thought it would be plain sailing. After the initial delays everyone was raring to go. But now Harrison is injured and it is worse than first thought.”

The star was out of action for a total of 10 weeks after a further statement revealed that the star would need surgery on the area.

The insider continued to say: “The film’s bosses have come together to work out the scheduling and it’s chaos. The earliest they think they can restart the production is September.

“It was not what anyone was expecting so to have to change everything is a huge blow. Everyone was concerned for Harrison and they are glad he is on the mend.”

Medical website Orthoinfo explains that shoulder injuries are frequently caused by activities that involve excessive, repetitive, overhead motions. This could be through playing sports such as tennis and swimming, or through everyday activities such as hanging curtains or gardening.

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The most common types of shoulder injuries usually involve muscles, ligaments and tendons, rather than the shoulder bones themselves.

Orthoinfo goes on to explain that individuals who think they have sustained a shoulder injury, should ask themselves the following questions. If you find you answer ‘yes’ to the following, then you should seek medical advice from your GP:

  • Is your shoulder stiff? Can you rotate your arm in all the normal positions?
  • Does it feel like your shoulder could pop out or slide out of the socket?
  • Do you lack the strength in your shoulder to carry out your daily activities?

The rotator cuff is one of the most important components of the shoulder and is responsible for holding the bones of the shoulder joint together. When this area becomes injured, people are sometimes not able to fully recover, and may find it difficult to comb the back of their hair or sleep properly.


In order to treat most shoulder injuries, a combination of shoulder exercises, anti-inflammatory medication, and in some cases surgery, should be able to fix the problem.

Luckily for both Ford and the cast and crew of the film, production was able to restart again in September 2021. However, the film’s director James Mangold is now surely hesitant to allow the ageing star to do his own stunts- something he prides himself on doing.

In fact, legendary director Steven Spielberg famously admitted that he was an “idiot” for letting Harrison take on dangerous scenes in previous Indiana Jones films.

Whilst filming Raiders of the Lost Ark, Ford was seen running away from a huge boulder, a risky stunt that Ford volunteered to do himself.

“There were five shots of the rock from five different angles — each one done twice — so Harrison had to race the rock 10 times,” Spielberg explained, talking about the 1981 blockbuster.

“He won 10 times — and beat the odds. He was lucky — and I was an idiot for letting him try it.”

Ford’s shoulder injury on this latest film is not the only one he has sustained whilst playing the fictional archaeology professor.

Again whilst filming Raiders of the Lost Ark, Ford became extremely unwell with a condition known as dysentery, an infection of the intestines that causes diarrhoea and painful stomach cramps.

Talking about trying to film whilst suffering from the infection, Ford has said in the past: “I found it inconvenient to be out of my trailer for more than 10 minutes at a time.”

The illness became so bad for Ford that he ended up completely changing a whole scene, a scene that has gone on to become iconic to the franchise.

Dysentery is highly infectious and can easily be passed on if individuals do not take the right precautions such as properly and regularly washing hands.

However, luckily the condition usually gets better on its own, without the need for further treatment. The NHS explains that during this time, it is important for individuals to stay hydrated, even using oral rehydration solutions to avoid dehydration.

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