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.
Symptoms of calcification include:
After analysing your medical history and symptoms, a specialised orthopaedic surgeon will conduct a physical exam to assess the motion of your shoulder as well as its stability. Afterwards, your surgeon carries out an x-ray to identify the position and size of the calcification.
Is it reasonable to attempt non-surgical treatment for calcific tendinitis consisting of:
If the pain continues, shoulder surgery in the form of an arthroscopic clean-up of the calcification provides permanent pain relief.