Treatment For Calcific Shoulder Tendonitis

by Administrator 25. October 2017 09:37

Formation of small calcium deposits also called hydroxyapatite (1-2 centimeters in size) in the rotator cuff muscles of the shoulder joint is referred to as Calcific Shoulder Tendonitis. It may occur in the tendons of any part of the body but the commonly affected location is the shoulder joint. This condition is not painful in the initial stages. The right side of the shoulder has been observed to be more affected than the left. Calcium deposits occur within the tendons as they become weak over a period of time. Eventually this condition may result in a Frozen Shoulder. Medically, this condition is also referred to as Calcific Tendinopathy. The other parts of the body which may be affected are hips, knees, wrists, hands and elbows.


  • Past injury to the shoulder joint
  • People in the age group of 40-60 years are more likely to develop this condition
  • Gender- women are more prone to calcium deposits vis a vis men
  • Hypothyroidism may be a contributing factor
  • Diabetes may increase the risk of developing this condition


  • Pain may develop as the condition develops and it may become severe with time
  • Difficulty in sleeping due to shoulder pain at night
  • Range of motion is adversely affected
  • Inability to lift the arms above or away from the body
  • Joint weakness
  • Catching or locking of the joint when moved
  • Inflammation and tenderness
  • Snapping sound within the joint


  • X-ray imaging may help to analyze and identify the condition. It reveals the presence of calcium deposits
  • Analysis of the patient’s medical history and symptoms reported
  • Ultrasound imaging may be done to assess the exact stage of the condition
  • MRI scan may be required
  • A detailed physical check of the patient is carried out


  • Give adequate rest to the joint
  • Painkillers and anti-inflammatory medicines may be prescribed besides muscle relaxants
  • Application of ice packs to relive stress and pain
  • Injecting corticosteroids in case of acute inflammation
  • Regular physical therapy may help to restore joint function. These include specific range of motion exercises
  • Open shoulder surgery to remove the calcium deposits between the tendons. The tendon may have to be reattached to the rotator cuff muscle after clearing the deposits
  • Local anesthesia may be administered to puncture calcium deposits using a needle. The debris are then aspirated to clear the joint
  • Arthroscopic surgery may be performed to clear the joint of the calcium deposits

For more information, visit the doctors at OrthoTexas. You can call at (972) 492 – 1334 or visit 475 W. Elm St., Ste 201, Lewisville, Texas 75057 for an appointment with the shoulder specialists.

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