Calcific tendonitis is a condition where calcium deposits build-up on the tendons or muscles. The deposits typically build-up on the rotator cuff which is what gives the shoulder its strength and stability, but calcific tendonitis can happen anywhere. Unlike many other joint conditions, calcific tendonitis isn’t associated with playing sports or other activities. It can happen to both professional tennis players and couch potatoes.
These deposits are one of the most common causes of shoulder pain says Healthline. So getting a speedy diagnosis and proper treatment will allow you to stop the pain and get back to your regularly scheduled activities. Read on to learn more about calcium tendonitis symptoms, causes, and treatments.
Pain and Stiffness
The prevalent symptom of calcific tendonitis is pain and stiffness in the affected area. As common as pain is, it turns out that one-third of people with calcific tendonitis will not have any symptoms of the condition. If you aren’t one of those lucky people, Healthline tells us “If you do feel pain, it’s likely to be in the front or back of your shoulder and into your arm. It may come on suddenly or build up gradually.”
Calcific tendonitis has three stages. The first stage, the pre-calcification stage, is when cellular changes occur within the body. The second stage, the calcific stage, is when “calcium releases from the cells and begins to build up…the body reabsorbs the calcium build-up, which is the most painful part of the process,” reports Medical News Today. The third stage, the post-calcific stage, is when the calcium deposits are gone and the tendons return to their healthy state.