Calcific tendonitis is a build up of calcium in the tendons in the shoulder.
It is caused by a build up of calcium in the tendons. It is not known why this happens in some people.
This is more common in people who are 40 to 60 years of age. It is also more common in women.
Symptoms may be:
- Pain that starts quickly
- Pain moving the shoulder
- A stiff shoulder
- Problems moving the shoulder
- Pain that makes it hard to sleep
- Loss of muscle mass
The doctor will ask about your symptoms and health history. A physical exam will be done. It will focus on your shoulder. A doctor who treats bones may be needed.
Images may be taken of your shoulder. This can be done with an x-ray .
Most people get better in time. Other options may be:
Initial care may be:
- Rest to help the shoulder heal
- Ice or heat to ease pain and swelling
- An arm sling to keep the shoulder in place as it heals
- Medicine to ease pain and swelling
- Medicine injected in the shoulder to help it heal and ease pain and swelling
- Exercises to make the shoulder stronger and help it to move better
Breaking Up Deposits
Calcium deposits may be broken up with:
- Needles that flush the area with saltwater
- Ultrasound or shockwave therapy
Some people may need surgery to remove the deposits. This can be done with arthroscopy . It uses small incisions and tools to view and remove the deposits.
- Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review Board Teresa Briedwell, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS
- Review Date: 09/2019 -
- Update Date: 09/23/2019 -