Calcific shoulder (tendinosis calcarea)

What is meant by a calcified shoulder?

Sudden, stabbing shoulder pain that intensifies when the arm is raised may be the first indication of what is known as calcified shoulder. If left untreated, this condition can cause significant problems for sufferers, depriving them of sleep even when at rest. The mobility of the shoulder becomes limited and the pain intensifies with inflammation that further damages the battered shoulder joint.

The causes of calcified shoulder are still largely unclear, but are probably caused by reduced blood flow to the tendons. The diagnosis is made by means of catchy examinations of the symptoms, ultrasound, X-ray and / or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Treatment is usually a multistage approach that addresses symptoms and alleviates concomitant conditions, followed by appropriate measures to restore shoulder mobility. With good therapy, calcified shoulder can be treated specifically – in most cases even without surgery.