Calcifying Tendinitis of Shoulder: A Concise Review

Balaji Umamahesvaran, Senthil Nathan Sambandam, Varatharaj Mounasamy, Ponnusami Pillai Gokulakrishnan, Munis Ashraf

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Calcifying Tendinitis (CT) shoulder a self limiting disorder characterized by deposition of calcium salts in rotator cuff muscles. The main symptom being pain followed by activity restriction resolving on its own in most cases. Symptomatic patients are initially managed by NSAIDs, Physiotherapy, Corticosteroid injections. ESWT involves acoustic waves causing fragmentation of deposits with pain releif. Ultrasound guided needling barbotage have shown promising results. Arthroscopic excision remains the definitive management for patients associated with complications as cuff tear and for uncomplicated patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)776-782
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Orthopaedics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Calcifying tendinitis
  • Etiopathogenesis
  • Extracorporeal shock wave therapy
  • Natural history
  • Surgical Resection
  • USG therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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