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In calcific tendinitis, also known as calcified shoulder or calcific tendonitis, calcium deposits form in the tendons of the shoulder due to overuse or microtrauma. This can lead to severe pain and usually requires prompt treatment.


A tendon inflammation in the shoulder area, also known as calcific tendinitis or calcified shoulder, occurs due to the deposition of calcium salts in the tendon fibers of the shoulder. The exact causes of these deposits are not fully understood, but it is believed that circulatory disorders, injuries, or chronic overuse of the shoulder muscles may play a role.


The diagnosis of calcific tendinitis is usually made through a physical examination and imaging techniques such as X-rays or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Ultrasound examination can also be helpful in determining the exact location of the calcium deposits in the tendons.


Treatment for calcific tendinitis can be conservative or surgical. Conservative treatment options may include anti-inflammatory medications, physiotherapy, stretching exercises, and the application of cold or heat. In some cases, an injection of steroids into the affected shoulder may help alleviate pain and inflammation.

If conservative treatment options are not successful, surgery may be considered. During surgery, the affected area of the tendon may be removed, or attempts may be made to remove the calcium deposits. In some cases, open surgery may also be necessary to repair the affected tendon fibers.

It is important to treat calcific tendinitis as soon as possible to prevent worsening symptoms and deterioration of shoulder function. Early diagnosis and treatment can help patients return to their usual activities quickly.

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