What is it?

Calcific tendinitis develops when calcium deposits build up in your tendons or muscles. These deposits can become inflamed and cause pain. Calcific tendinitis can occur anywhere in the body, but it most often affects the shoulder joint.

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Signs & symptoms

Common symptoms of calcific tendinitis of shoulder usually include:
- Sudden shoulder pain
- Intense pain with shoulder movement.
- Reduced range of motion.


Your healthcare provider will ask you about your symptoms, review your medical history, and examine your shoulder. Based on the findings, you may be referred to an orthopedic specialist and imaging tests for further testing.


Treatment choices for calcific tendinitis are:
- Steroid injections
- Physical therapy
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT): This treatment delivers shock waves to the injured tendons
- Lavage treatment: a needle is inserted into the calcium deposit. Saline is then injected to break it up
- Surgery: In severe cases, surgery is necessary to manually remove the calcium deposits

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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