What is it?
Calcific tendonitis develops as a result of prolonged over use or direct injury of the shoulder (rotator cuff). Calcium can deposit at the insertion of the tendon on the bone; or the tendon itself can begin to calcify. This is nature’s way of avoiding further ‘insult’ to the tendon. Calcific tendonitis is a condition that causes the formation of a small calcium deposit within the tendons of the rotator cuff. Treatment involves stopping the activity that is causing the problem. Gentle stretching exercises also help alleviate the pain.
This condition progresses gradually; IE you don’t wake up with it overnight. A symptom of calcific tendonitis in the shoulder includes pain and discomfort in the shoulder when moving the shoulder. Calcium deposits can only be visualized and diagnosed by X-Ray film or MRI.