Shoulder Joint Conditions

Calcific Tendinitis

What is calcific tendinitis?

This is a common condition where calcium forms within the tendons of the rotator cuff. Sometimes this is painless and is only diagnosed when patients have an x-ray for another reason.

However, sometimes it can cause inflammation of the surrounding tendon resulting in significant pain.

What are the symptoms?

When symptomatic, calcific tendinitis is extremely painful. It can start without reason but usually is caused by a trivial injury. Patients usually complain a throbbing pain at rest that becomes severe with movement of the elbow away from the body.

How is it diagnosed?

Calcium deposits can usually be seen on a simple x-ray. Very small deposits may be overlooked but can be seen on ultrasound scan.

What are calcific tendonitis treatment options?

The calcium can sometimes be reabsorbed by the body so one option is to use painkillers or anti-inflammatory medication and wait. Steroid injection can sometime be effective too.

Arthroscopic keyhole surgery is another option where a shoulder surgeon removes the calcium deposit from the tendon.

SHOULDER SPECIALIST

Mr. Devinder Garewal

MBBS, BMedSci, FRACS (Orth), FAOrthA

Devinder completed his medical qualifications from the University of Melbourne and is a Fellow of the Royal Australiasian College of Surgeons and the Australian Orthopaedic Association.

Recent articles related to the Shoulder joint:

January 17, 2020 in Shoulder

A Guide to Bone Spurs in Your Shoulder

Do you have pain in your shoulder, neck, or upper back? Do you have a history of osteoarthritis? Then you might be suffering from bone spurs. Bone spurs in general,…
Read More
August 29, 2019 in Shoulder

Deltoid Pain

Do you experience pain or tenderness in your shoulder area? That may be the result of an injury or strain to your deltoid muscle or delts, which is located at…
Read More
August 6, 2019 in Recovery

PRP Injection Recovery Time: What to Know

Have you heard of Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP? If you’ve injured your shoulder or even just if you are an athlete or otherwise super active, you know the risks…
Read More
Shoulder Bone Icon

Shoulder Joint

Elbow Icon

Elbow Joint

Wrist Icon

Wrist Joint

Hand Icon

Hand Joints

Have a question or want to book an appointment?