Description and causes

Calcific Tendonitis is caused by calcium deposits within the rotator cuff tendons. These 1-2 cm of calcium deposit are usually common between the age of 30-40 years, especially among diabetic patients. These calcium deposits leads to a feeling of pressure on the shoulder tendons and cause chemical irritation, which results in pain. Calcific Tendonitis is a very common condition in the shoulder.

Though calcium build ups are severe amongst the age group between 30-40 years, it does not mean the risk of this disease is less after the age of 40. It may occur in people beyond that age group, and particularly in women. Remember, men are also at the risk of having  calcium build up.

Many people believe that having too much calcium in their diet, or taking too much calcium supplement can cause such problem. But there is no certain cause or reason behind it. Aging, repetitive tearing and wearing, or sometimes, a combination of these two reasons can cause the problems to arise. According to research, the absence of enough oxygen in the tendon can cause calcium deposits. But this is not the sole reason. Calcium build up may be the cause of continuous pressure on the tendon. Sometimes, the problem may occur amongst the youth, but the issue has  shown to cure itself.

Calcific Tendonitis


Calcific Tendonitis can happen for many reasons. But how will you understand that you are suffering from the disease? At the initial period or when calcium starts getting deposited, you hardly feel any pain at the affected area. But once the deposit is reabsorbed, it becomes very severe. This also leads to stiffness for which you may lose motion in your shoulder. It can be extremely painful if you want to lift or carry something. If not cured in time, the condition may lead to sleepless nights due to the pain. You will always feel and look tired. Ironically , this helps a doctor identify his or her patient easily.

Cure and Treatment

The formation of the calcium deposits is mainly soft like toothpaste.  But if you don’t take the necessary remedy to get rid of these, it may get hard like chalk and sometimes, even get transformed into bones. It becomes so painful that most patients want to get rid of the pain quickly. You can effectively minimize the pain by visiting a radiologist. He or she will first find out the calcium deposit, then they will place a needle inside it to get it removed. This process has become so successful that undergoing surgery is very rare.