You might be suffering from Calcific Tendonitis in your Rotator Cuff if:
If any of those statements are true for you or you're suffering from on-going pain in your shoulder that intensifies over time and suddenly goes away then you might be suffering from "calcific tendonitis" in your rotator cuff. Calcific tendonitis is an injury that not a lot of people have heard about, and as a medical term the name for this condition is sometimes referred to as "rotator cuff disease".
Rotator cuff disease is really an injury or condition involving any injury or damage in your rotator cuff - to the tendons, muscles, or bursae. Calcific tendonitis means specifically the formation of bone spurs in the middle of your rotator cuff tendons. These spurs will form on their own naturally and will also go away on their own. While they're there though, they can cause pain, stiffness, and loss of movement in your shoulder and arm.
Many people don't know that calcific tendonitis is a very real injury affecting the tendons in your rotator cuff. It can happen to anyone who has wear and tear, aging or degeneration in their rotator cuff - and sometimes there's no clear cause of this condition at all.
Calcific tendonitis is one of those injuries that can really bring down the quality of your life. In the early stages you might not feel a lot of pain, but the pain will increase as this condition goes on. The pain you feel will start to interrupt any of your normal daily tasks and make living life harder than it really needs to be. You might even start experiencing some sleepless night from the pain, or develop other conditions (like frozen shoulder) from resting and avoiding use of your injured shoulder.
Fortunately for you, professional athletes have had access to state of the art treatment therapies for years that allow them to heal more quickly and completely than you or I. This is why athletes that have a serious calcific tendonitis injuries can often get back in the game in a matter of weeks while you could suffer for months or even years (in chronic cases).
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Calcific tendonitis can happen to anyone, not just professional athletes. Right now, there are thousands of doctors and physical therapists dealing with patients that require a solution to treat their calcific tendonitis fast and heal it (where possible). If you want to be proactive about properly addressing your calcific shoulder tendonitis, speak to your doctor about adding the Shoulder T•Shellz Wrap® to your home treatment plan.
The goal of this web site is to give people hope that there are medically proven conservative treatments available for calcific shoulder tendonitis injuries. There's a lot of conflicting information posted online and we make it a priority to separate the fact from fiction.
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We all want to begin healing as quickly as possible and with the right information, it can happen sooner than you think (it has for thousands of others who took the time to contact us).
You can be assured we will do our best to answer any question or concern you have. Living with calcific tendonitis is never easy and we can help to provide answers about prevention, causes, treatment options, and ways to manage your injury for the short and long term.
We use tendons everyday to stretch, pull and move, we have about 400 tendons in our body! Tendons are cord like pieces of soft tissue that connect our muscles to our bones. Calcific Tendinitis is a condition where calcium deposits (bone spurs) build in the middle of the tendon tissue. This condition is basically a natural chemical reaction with other tissues in the body the results in the formation of these spurs (an action called 'calcification').
There is no known cause of calcific tendinitis. All that medical professionals and doctors know now is that calcific tendonitis is NOT caused by: trauma to the area of injury, a sport / activity related injury and it's rarely part of a systemic disease. So far this condition is known as a natural process than can happen to some people and not others.
There are two types of calcific tendonitis of the shoulder affecting the rotator cuff:
Aging and normal (everyday) activities can cause wear and tear on the tendons in your shoulder. This wear and tear slowly weakens your tendons over time and can cause small tearing or fraying (kind of like a rope frays as it's used). Aging also decreases the blood flow to the tendons of the rotator cuff. Normally, degenerative calcification affects people over the age of 40.
Overworking and overusing the shoulder can cause tendonitis. Tendonitis is a condition that has resulted in small microscopic tears in the tendon tissue. As a part of the normal healing process your body will react to this tendonitis with swelling and inflammation in your shoulder. Unfortunately aging of tendon tissue reduces blood flow to the rotator cuff tendons, starving the tissue from oxygen and nutrients needed for natural healing as well. This is bad news because you need blood to heal the tendon completely. In this case your tendon will make calcium deposits in your tendon tissue instead of using natural blood flow to actually make strong, healthy tissue fibers.
There is still some mystery surrounding the cause of reactive calcification. The stages of this type of calcific tendonitis can start when you're younger and progress until you're in your 40's (or even later in life). So far there is no clear cause of reactive calcification.
This condition normally affects younger women more so than men. There are 4 stages of reactive calcification:
If you're suffering from calcific tendinitis you may experience:
Visiting your doctor when you have pain is always recommended, as there are many possible issues that can happen in your shoulder.
To begin with, your doctor will gather a medical history about you and your current condition and symptoms. They'll ask about the intensity of your pain, how long your symptoms usually last and the limitations you're experiencing. Details about when it started and whether or not you have ever had treatments for this or a similar condition in the past are very helpful in assessing your shoulder injury.
Your doctor will also look and feel the bones and soft tissue in your shoulder to see what kind of pain you're having. They'll be looking for any differences between you injured shoulder and your healthy shoulder. This will help them to feel any abnormalities - like mild or severe inflammation, bone deformities, atrophied muscles (muscles that have wasted away due to injury), redness and/or warmth on the skin.
One set of symptoms can result in multiple diagnoses. An X-ray, MRI or visual ultrasound is needed in order to clearly diagnose calcific tendinitis and know the extent of the soft tissue damage. Any calcium deposits in your tendons should show up clearly in an x-ray.
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The good news is that most cases of calcific tendonitis will heal with simple home conservative treatments and surgery is often not needed!
It's generally understood by doctors and surgeons, that surgery will introduce more scar tissue into the shoulder. This added scar tissue will be problematic, requiring physical therapy and conservative treatment options post-surgery. When it comes to calcific tendonitis there's only 1 surgical option for treatment - removal of the calcium deposit through arthroscopic, needling or open surgery. This is why surgery is only performed as a last resort for chronic calcific tendonitis injuries that won't heal with conservative treatment methods, or calcium deposits that won't re-absorb back into the tendon.
Some conservative treatment methods recommended include:
Cortisone (Steroid) Injections
Steroid injections may provide temporary relief from the pain of tendon related injuries. The injections will do this by shutting off your immune system in the area that's injected. This in turn stops the blood flow that's going to your tendon to help with healing. Steroid injections should generally be avoided when treating calcific tendonitis as they can weaken the tendon and over time this may lead to a rupture in your rotator cuff. If you do opt for an injection, doctors usually recommend that you avoid any strenuous activity for several weeks to reduce the risk of a rupture.
"Medical evidence shows that cortisone shots can damage the surrounding tissue, fray the tendon, and even trigger a rupture. Most side effects are temporary, but skin weakening (atrophy) and lightening of the skin (depigmentation) can be permanent." (reference: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons)
If your doctor has decided that your calcific tendonitis can be treated with conservative treatment, you can join our many customers who have had great success in treating themselves with the powerful, conservative home treatment T•Shellz products we offer through AidMyRotatorCuff.
If you need to have surgery, talk to your doctor about using these same products for post-surgery recovery. You'll find them effective for reducing post-surgery inflammation, enhancing range of motion and minimizing the growth of scar tissue in your shoulder.
Whether you need to have surgery and the type of surgery you'll have depends on the severity of your calcific tendonitis. The longer you've waited to have surgery or try conservative treatment methods will also be a factor to decide if you need surgery.
An acute (recent) case of calcific tendonitis is usually treated with conservative treatment methods, like rest, minimizing activity, cold compression and Deep Tissue Regeneration Therapy as we mentioned before.
Doctors and surgeons will always avoid surgery if possible because recovery from the surgery can be a lengthy process - especially because the calcium deposit is being removed from your tendon. Doctors always prefer minimally invasive treatments which is why they suggest conservative treatment first. Your doctor and surgeon know that a surgery will involve altering the structure of your foot, and so they will recommend treatment to avoid surgery at all costs.
Scar tissue will be problematic for long-term recovery after surgery.
If you've exhausted all forms of conservative treatments and you still have calcific tendinitis you and your doctor may decide to move forward with surgery. There are few types of procedures or surgeries they may preform:
Your doctor may suggest trying a procedure called lavage. During this procedure your doctor will insert two large needles into your shoulder and inject sterile saline (salt water solution). The salt water is used to rinse the tendon, and sometimes this rinsing method will help to loosen up your calcium deposit. If the lavage treatment is successful your body will have an easier time re-absorbing the calcium deposit. It could speed up healing and may reduce pressure in the tendon, reducing your pain.
Your doctor may also suggest needling. For this procedure the doctor will attempt to break up the calcium deposit by repeatedly inserting a needle in the area. They also may or may not inject a saline (salt water) solution at the same time.
For this surgery your surgeon will make small incisions in your shoulder then insert tools and a camera (arthroscope) to remove the calcium deposit and see inside your shoulder joint. Sometimes the surgeon will use the needling technique or make a small incision in the tendon and tease out the calcium with a hook. This type of surgery is much less invasive and you can return to daily life much sooner.
If an arthroscopic procedure can't be done, your surgeon might use an open incision in the skin to expose the area in the shoulder where the calcium deposit is in the tendon. The calcium deposit would then be cut out and the edges of the tendon where the calcium attached itself are also cut away (a process called debridement). After this the remainder of the tendon is stitched back together. This is a much more involved surgery than an arthroscopic procedure - so you may need to wear a sling for up to 3 days and start physical therapy range of motion exercises at that point.
Conservative Treatment Methods are also Recommended by Your Doctor for Recovery after Your Surgery
Remember that surgery isn't the end of your journey, it's just the beginning of a new chapter. Your rehabilitation efforts will have an important impact on how soon you can return to living and enjoying your normal daily life.
Your rate of recovery after the surgery will depend on how dedicated you are to the conservative treatment method recommended by your doctor, the type of procedure that you had, and your efforts in physical therapy. No two rehabilitation plans are alike - Generally speaking, the less invasive your surgery is, the quicker your road to recovery will be.
When calcium deposits are being reabsorbed, the pain can be especially bad. There are a number of ways to relieve your pain with conservative treatments.
The 1st step for conservative treatment of your calcific tendonitis is to reduce the swelling to "open up" the area for more blood flow. Anyone in the health-care business knows that your blood supplies the oxygen and much needed nutrients required to heal sesamoiditis injuries. This is why for years doctors, trainers and other medical professional have recommended RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) to treat the pain and swelling of fresh injuries, chronic pain, and after any re-injury.
This is important because once blood vessels are blocked or damaged, they can no longer carry oxygenated blood through the tissue and tissue cells begin to break-down. Without cold compression, cellular break-down and tissue damage continues as the cells don't get the oxygen they need to survive. By limiting the amount of damage done to your tendon, you also limit the amount of healing that needs to occur. This is a very important step to heal tendon injuries faster and with less pain! This is why you need to treat your calcific tendonitis right after it's hurt, when you notice pain / swelling / inflammation, or directly after a re-injury.
After the inflammation around your shoulder has been reduced, you need to provide extra blood flow to strengthen your tendon tissue and continue to help your body flush out the calcium deposit naturally.
Using Deep Tissue Regeneration Therapy (T•Shellz Wrap®), will help with your recovery and heal your tendons more completely. A T•Shellz Wrap® treatment increases the amount of blood that flows naturally to your soft tissue to nourish your tendons, improving elasticity and speeding the healing process. This increased Blood Flow to your tendons and muscles are greatly needed while the body tries to re-absorb your calcium deposit.
The only way to get Deep Tissue Therapy is through use of a T•Shellz Wrap®. The T•Shellz Wrap® is, in our opinion, the best home treatment method to blood flow and circulation on a deep tissue level. Other methods of increasing blood flow (hot water bottles, hot baths, etc) will only ever increase blood flow on a surface / skin level. These methods need a LOT of time to even reach your tendons on a deep tissue level. And even if you were to use them this long your skin would heat up to an uncomfortable level and may even burn you.
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