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Calcific Tendinitis

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What is calcific tendinitis?

Calcific tendinitis is a condition that occurs when calcium collects in the tendons of the shoulder. Tendons are bands of tissue that connect muscle to bone. The calcium can make the tendons swell and cause severe pain.

What increases my risk for calcific tendinitis?

There is no known cause of calcific tendinitis. The following may increase your risk:

What are the signs and symptoms of calcific tendinitis?

Signs and symptoms may be sudden and severe, lasting several weeks. Symptoms can also be mild and last several months.

How is calcific tendinitis diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will check how well you can move your shoulder and arm. He or she may check the function of your elbow, wrist, and hand. He or she may compare the movement and strength of your painful shoulder against your healthy shoulder. You may also need the following tests:

How is calcific tendinitis treated?

Calcific tendinitis may go away on its own. The body absorbs the calcium, and the tendon heals. You may need any of the following:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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How can I manage my symptoms?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

When should I seek immediate care or call 911?

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