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Alternative Treatments For Calcific Tendonitis
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
No: You can cause further injury to before a full healing process. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
I have 7 x 4 x 3mm tear in the subscapularis & mild calcific tendonitis of the tendon--will this need surgery?
Tender: It feels tender. You cannot generally feel the deposit. ...Read more
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! ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Would a painful, 3-mo case of calcific shoulder tendonitis in a 75 yr old male be expected to eventually resolve naturally, or would needling or arthroscopy likely be needed to break/flush it out?
Try injection: Try a steroid injection into the sub-acromial space 1st. You also could try pt with ultrasound before doing more invasive treatments. ...Read more
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?
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). ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Many available: An exercise that is effective in strengthening tennis elbow is the "hammer" exercise. With your elbow bent at 90 degrees and forearm parallel to the floor, hold in your hand the end of the handle of a hammer (or tennis racket). Rotate your forearm and wrist so that the hammer head forms an arc from left to right and back again. Do this several times a day to strengthen the brachioradialis muscle. ...Read more
No good answer: There really is not a best answer for this. What works well and fast for you might not for the next patient. In general, injections work faster than medications or pt, but also incur higher risks. Steroid injections have a risk of causing rupture of the tendon, while prp, a newer treatment, may take days or a few weeks to see the full benefit. ...Read more
Are there any other treatments for tendonitis in the ankle other than taking antinflamatories and icing?
Physical therapy: Is a good idea. Eccentric stretching helps. ...Read more
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