Calcification causes considerable shoulder pain. It occurs when there is a build-up of calcium in the rotator cuff. The rotator cuff works to stabalise 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.
Symptoms of calcification include:
Some non-surgical treatments include:
If the pain continues, surgery in the form of an arthroscopic cleanup of the calcification can also give very good results. This procedure works by increasing the space between the acromion and the rotator cuff tendons, lessoning inflammation and shoulder pain.