Chiropractic Treatment of Calcific Tendonitis
Calcific tendonitis is a build-up of calcium crystals in different tendons within the body. The most commonly affected tendons are those of the rotator cuff muscles, although it can affect other tendons. The rotator cuffs are four muscles attached to the scapula (shoulder blade) and humerus (upper arm bone) that help control and carry out shoulder movements. The calcium crystal deposits can be approximately 1-2 cm in size and can exert pressure on the tendon and also cause chemical irritation, leading to pain and discomfort.
It is not entirely known why calcific tendonitis occurs, however it is associated with degenerative changes within the joints and muscles of the shoulder. The symptoms may resolve in a few weeks for some people or after a few years for others.