What is calcific tendonitis?

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What is calcific tendonitis?
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If the tendon of a muscle becomes inflamed, the condition is called tendinitis. Tendinitis caused by calcium deposits is called calcific tendinitis.

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The cause of calcium deposits in tendons is not known, but according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, calcific tendinitis is more likely to occur in people who have a chronic disease such as diabetes.


The primary symptoms of calcific tendinitis are pain and tenderness, sometimes with restricted movement.


Your doctor can diagnose calcific tendinitis using a physical examination and X-rays.


Conservative treatment for calcific tendinitis includes anti-inflammatory medicine, ice packs, exercises to maintain movement and physiotherapy. More aggressive options are needling or a cortisone injection. If other treatments do not work, surgery to remove the calcium deposits is an option.


Calcific tendinitis is most common in the tendons around the shoulder but can occur in any tendon.

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