What is Shoulder Calcific Tendonitis?

The shoulder complex is a ball and socket joint and is comprised of several groups of muscles, three bones and several soft tissue structures including ligaments, a joint capsule, soft tissue, and labrum. Each of these components work together to create a stable structure permitting the true function of shoulder movement, strength and stability. The rotator cuff and consists of the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor and subscapularis.

Calcific tendonitis can be one of the most painful entities treated in orthopedics today. Calcific tendonitis occurs when calcium builds up within the rotator cuff tendons. This build up causes dysfunction of the fluid movement of the rotator cuff during activities/tasks. The deposit causes painful symptoms at rest and especially with movement and activity. It is unknown why or how these typically begin but are common within the 30-60 year old pop