Calcific Tendonitis of the Shoulder
It is caused by a build up of calcium in the tendons. It is not known why this happens in some people.
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
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.
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