Rotator Cuff Calcific Tendonitis
Rotator cuff calcific tendinitis, sometimes referred to as rotator cuff calcification is a unique condition that appears to affect only the rotator cuff tendon.
Rotator cuff calcific tendinitis is one of the most painful conditions to affect a rotator cuff tendon.
It is a specific condition that is related to rotator cuff tendonitis but has distinct causes and treatments.
I want you to be able to understand exactly what this condition is.
What is rotator cuff calcific tendinitis?Rotator cuff calcific tendinitis relates to a build-up of calcium in the rotator cuff tendon; otherwise known as a calcific deposit.
When calcium builds up in the rotator cuff tendon, it causes a build up of pressure in the rotator cuff tendon, as well as causing a chemical irritation.
This quite simply leads to pain and with this particular condition the pain can be quite intense.
< - - - Calcific deposit on the rotator cuff tendon
In addition to the chemical irritation and presssure, the rotator cuff calcification process reduces the space between the rotator cuff tendon and the acromion.
This is in addition to it affecting the normal function of the rotator cuff tendon.
This can lead to an increase in subacromial impingement.
Or, put more simply, rotator cuff calcification reduces the space between the acromion and the calcium deposit in the rotator cuff tendon when lifting the arm overhead.
X-ray of rotator cuff calcific tendinitis
Ultrasound of rotator cuff calcific tendinitis
What Causes rotator cuff calcific tendinitis?Exactly why rotator cuff calcification occurs is still not well understood. Doctors and scientists can not agree on why the condition develops and why this condition only affects rotator cuff tendon.
Most ideas suggest that rotator cuff calcification is caused by lack of good blood flow to the tendon or increasing age; however there is no definitive scientific evidence to support either theory.
How does rotator cuff calcific tendonitis develop?What is known about rotator cuff calcification is that the condition follows a cycle. There are three distinct stages through which the condition progresses.
Treatment of rotator cuff calcific tendinitisThe treatment of rotator cuff calcific tendonitis follows a lot of the same basic methods as the treatment of rotator cuff tendonitis.
Arthroscopic release of calcific deposit.
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