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Doctor insights on: Alternative Treatments For Calcific Tendonitis

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What are some treatment options for calcific tendonitis of the shoulder?

What are some treatment options for calcific tendonitis of the shoulder?

Calcific tendonitis: Conservatively: rest, nsaids, injection, pt, modalities. Operatively, scope debridement of the tendon with removal of calcific deposits.

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Calcific tendonitis measuring 4x1 mm involving the olecranon insertional fibers of tricep tendons. Will this heal? Risks? Advice? Treatment? Thanks

Calcific tendonitis measuring 4x1 mm involving the olecranon insertional fibers of tricep tendons. Will this heal? Risks? Advice? Treatment? Thanks

Varies: When a tendon has chronic or multiple of episodes of inflammation and/or injury, calcifications can develop. At 4x1 mm they are extremely small. They don't really heal. One way to look it is they are really just a symptom of of chronically irritated tendon. Treatment involves addressing the cause of the tendinitis.

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I have calcification tendonitis and a partial rotator cuff tear in my left shoulder. I have done 6 weeks of physical therapy but it is still giving me?

I have calcification tendonitis and a partial rotator cuff tear in my left shoulder. I have done 6 weeks of physical therapy but it is still giving me?

Still have options: Every case is unique, but more time, keeping up with a religious icing program +/- an anti-inflammatory in addition to the exercises may still improve things. An injection and/or a needling procedure to break up the calcium deposits may be an option. If those fail and your symptoms are still significant in 6-12 wks you my be a candidate for arthroscopic surgery, although many pts can avoid the or.

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Can you explain shockwave therapy for calcified shoulder tendonitis?

Can you explain shockwave therapy for calcified shoulder tendonitis?

ESWT: In our office we have used eswt-extracorporeal shockwave therapy for 12 years on the plantar fascia and achilles tendon with excellent results. For these areas the shock or "pressure" waves break up the chronic inflammatory scar tissue on a microscopic level and jump start the healing process.

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Does anyone treat calcific tendonitis or frozen shoulder? How?

Does anyone treat calcific tendonitis or frozen shoulder? How?

Orthopedic Surgeons: Frozen shoulders or calcific tendinitis can be treated conservatively by orthopedic surgeons in most cases.

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I have 7 x 4 x 3mm tear in the subscapularis & mild calcific tendonitis of the tendon--will this need surgery?

Tear: There is a chance that can heal without surgery. You also need to know from the MRI if this is a complete or partial tear which can change the outcome.

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What is calcific tendonitis? Complications of it over 5th metatarsal?

What is calcific tendonitis? Complications of it over 5th metatarsal?

Other treatments: If painful, the use of NSAIDS, might help. Or corticosteroid injections if painful

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Chronic both shoulders pain from gym injury (very heavy military press & external cable). X-ray shows mild tendonitis. Doesn't explain spasms tingling in upper back. Torn rc? Calcific tend? Decent rom

Chronic both shoulders pain from gym injury (very heavy military press & external cable). X-ray shows mild tendonitis. Doesn't explain spasms tingling in upper back. Torn rc? Calcific tend? Decent rom

See orthopedist: Apparrently u sustained a signifigant injury to both shoulders in the wt. Room. Have you already had an mri? (x-rays show bony anatomy primarily). You need a good examination by an experienced ors who sees plenty of shoulder injuries/ pain. The differential dx. In your case is :ac jt injury, rc tendinitis/ sm tear, labral injury, slap tears, instability, referred pain, etc. Etc. Exam/mri=dx. Gl!

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Can a shoulder strain aggravate calcific tendonitis?

Can a shoulder strain aggravate calcific tendonitis?

Yes: This is very possible. If you are having pain that is effecting your sleeping or activities of daily living, see an orthopedist for evaluation.

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What is a calcific tendonitis?

It is simply: Tendinitis caused a deposit of calcium in soft tissues and tendons this causes pain information at the site of the calcium deposits.

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I have calcific tendinitis. I've done pt and 3 cortisone shots. Still in pain. Dr said its to small to find and I will have to live with it. Help me?

I have calcific tendinitis. I've done pt and 3 cortisone shots. Still in pain. Dr said its to small to find and I will have to live with it. Help me?

Not true.: If you truly have calcific tendinitis the area can be successfully injected under ultrasound guidance. Find an orthopedist or rheumatologist who uses ultrasound.

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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is retro-pharyngeal calcific tendinitis?

Hi doctors, can you tell me what is retro-pharyngeal calcific tendinitis?

Inflamed and calcifi: Retropharyngeal calcific tendinitis is, or acute calcific prevertebral tendonitis a rare disease. The disease is a result of calcium hydroxyapatite deposition in the longus colli muscle and associated inflammation. Classically, the calcification affects the superior oblique portion of the longus colli muscle at the c1-c2 level. Treated with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (nsaids).

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What type of tendonitis treatment do you recommend?

What type of tendonitis treatment do you recommend?

NSAIDs and rest: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories such as Ibuprofen and rest. Once you return to activity, gentle stretching exercises are important. Steroid injections are a bad idea as they can weaken the tendon, possibly leading to more serious problems, such as tendon rupture.

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Treatment for chronic tendonitis of the wrist?

Treatment for chronic tendonitis of the wrist?

Anti inflammatory: Depending on the cause, tendinitis is treated with rest and meds. You should rest from activities that cause painand take appropriate medicines. A cortisone shot or a splint is often needed. Very seldom am operation to remove the tendon lining is needed.

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What's the treatment for tendonitis of the wrist?

What's the treatment for tendonitis of the wrist?

See details: It depends somewhat on the tendon involved by the inflammation but most times the tendinitis will resolve with a local cortisone injection. Splinting, ice and anti-inflammatory meds can also be used.

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How do you manage tendonitis treatment and prevention?

How do you manage tendonitis treatment and prevention?

Several: Physical therapy modalities are used in the treatment. After the tendon feels better proper conditioning would include appropriate stretching and muscle strengthening with proper balance.

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What is the most effective treatment for painful tendonitis in the outer elbow?

What is the most effective treatment for painful tendonitis in the outer elbow?

Multiple treatments: Studies have shown that short term (the first 6 months) cortisone injections are the most effective treatment for pain. However, symptoms often come back if not treated with exercise prescription. Long-term studies (1 year out) show physical therapy to have the best outcomes. Off-loader bracing also has been shown to help. Treatment such as prp or surgery are only indicated if these don't work.