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Calcific Tendinitis - Tyler Welch, MD
York, ME (207) 363 3490 | Portsmouth, NH (603) 431 1121

20Hip Care
10Hip-Conditions and Injuries
Cartilage Injury
Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI)
Gluteal Tears
Hamstring Tears
Hip Instability
Deep Gluteal Space Syndrome
Labral Tears
Psoas Impingement (Internal Snapping Hip)
PVNS
Trochanteric Bursitis
10Hip-Treatment and Surgeries
Acetabuloplasty
Chondroplasty
Femoroplasty
Gluteal Repair
Labral Debridement
Labral Reconstruction
Labral Repair
Nanofracture
Psoas Release
Trochanteric Bursa Debridement
33Knee Care
13Knee Conditions and Injuries
ACL Tear
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Discoid Meniscus
Lateral Meniscus Tear
LCL Injury
MCL Injury
Medial Meniscus Tear
Osteoarthritis
Osteochondritis Dessicans
Patellar Instability
Patellofemoral Chondromalacia
Posterolateral Corner Injury
Trochlear Dysplasia
20Knee Treatment and Surgeries
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Reconstruction
Cartilage Restoration Surgery – Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation (ACI-Carticel)
Cartilage Restoration Surgery – Donor Graft
Collagen Meniscal Implant (CMI)
Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Reconstruction
Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Reconstruction
Meniscus Repair
Meniscus Root Repair
Meniscal Transplant
Medial Patellofemoral Ligament (MPFL) Reconstruction
Nanofracture
Osteochondral Allograft Transfer
Osteochondral Autograft Transfer (OATS)
Partial Knee Replacement (MAKO)
Partial Meniscectomy
Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Reconstruction
Posterolateral Corner (PLC) Surgery
Tibial Tubercle Osteotomy
Total Knee Replacement (MAKO)
Trochleoplasty
20Shoulder Care
10Shoulder-Conditions and Injuries
AC Joint Injuries
Arthritis
Biceps Tendon Injuries
Calcific Tendinitis
Clavicle Fractures
Frozen Shoulder
Labral and SLAP Tears
Rotator Cuff Injuries
Shoulder Dislocation/Instability
Subacromial Impingement/Busitis
10Shoulder-Treatment and Surgeries
A-C Joint Stabilization
Biceps Tenodesis
Clavicle Fracture Fixation
Pectoralis Major Repair
Rotator Cuff Repair
Shoulder Instability Surgery – Bankart Repair
Shoulder Instability Surgery – Latarjet Procedure
Subacromial Decompression and Acromioplasty
Superior Capsular Reconstruction
Total Shoulder Replacement

CALCIFIC TENDONITIS

Calcific tendonitis is a condition in which calcium builds up within the rotator cuff tendon(s), causing pain. The cause of calcific tendonitis is unknown, and it is more common in middle-aged and older patients.

Symptoms

  • Sharp, intermittent shoulder pain with overhead activity
  • Pain when sleeping on the affected shoulder

Diagnosis And Treatment

Dr. Welch considers each patient’s symptoms, as well as a detailed physical examination and x-rays to make the diagnosis of calcific tendonitis. Dr. Welch may order an MRI or an ultrasound to evaluate the extent of the calcification further and to assess the integrity of the rotator cuff tendons. Most patients with calcific tendonitis can be treated successfully without surgery. Non-surgical management may include a dedicated physical therapy program and a course of anti-inflammatory medication.

Another option is “needling” of the calcium deposit. Dr. Welch or one of his colleagues performs this technique in the office. Using ultrasound guidance, a needle is directed into the calcium deposit and the deposit is broken into many pieces. The calcium slurry can then be sucked out of the shoulder using ultrasound guidance through a tiny pinhole.

In those patients who fail non-surgical management, including the “needling” technique, Dr. Welch may recommend surgical treatment. During surgery, Dr. Welch uses a minimally invasive, arthroscopic approach to remove the calcium deposit. In some patients, the rotator cuff tendon(s) is very damaged or torn due to the calcium buildup, and Dr. Welch may repair the rotator cuff in this situation.


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