Shoulder joint

CALCIFICATION

WHAT IS CALCIFICATION?

Calcification causes considerable shoulder joint pain. It occurs when there is a build-up of calcium in the rotator cuff. The rotator cuff works to stabilise the humeral head in the shoulder socket. When calcium accumulates in one of the tendons, the rotator cuff is not able to function normally. The calcium deposits trigger inflammation, and can also lead to impingement.

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WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

Symptoms of calcification include:

  • Shoulder pain
  • Difficulty in movig the shouldern
  • Arm painn
  • Hand painn

Some non-surgical treatments include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Anti-inflammatory diet
  • Physiotherapy
  • Rest
  • Cortisone injections
  • Use of the Tenex machine

If the pain continues, surgery in the form of an arthroscopic clean-up of the calcification can also give very good results. This procedure works by increasing the space between the acromion and the rotator cuff tendons, reducing inflammation and shoulder pain.

DR GABRIEL PIRJOL

Dr Gabriel Pirjol is an orthopaedic surgeon based in Kwazulu Natal at St Augustine’s Hospital in Durban. He also consults and operates from Gateway Hospital in Umhlanga, Westville Hospital and Malvern Medicross.

CONTACT

Telephone: +27 31 202 5463

Email: gpirjol@gmail.com / lisacbauerschmidt@gmail.com

Address : Suite 24 Chelmsford Medical Centre
St Augustine's Hospital
107 J B Marks Road
Berea, 4001