Is shockwave therapy effective for calcified shoulder tendonitis?

Maybe. Calcific tendonitis is a transient condition often due to unknown causes. It can be extremely painful but almost always responds to non-operative treatment. See your doctor and start with ice and nsaid's, if not sufficient then consider corticosteroid shot or 2, preferably guided with ultrasound and if that fails, then shockwave or surgery. Try to maintain motion and strength with gentle rehab.

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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.

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.

Can a shoulder strain aggravate calcific tendonitis?

Yes. Depending on the mechanics of your strain and tendons involved in your calcific tendinitis, it is likely that a traumatic event will exacerbate your symptoms.
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.

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?

Unlikely. Would be best to speak to your orthopedist about your options.
Try injection. Try a steroid injection into the sub-acromial space 1st. You also could try pt with ultrasound before doing more invasive treatments.

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.