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Rotator Cuff Calcific Tendinitis:rehab and calcium removal?

Postby omg » Fri Mar 14, 2014 9:19 am


I just had an ultrasound on my shoulder as my shoulder has been bad for few months. The outcome was that I have some calcium on the rotator cuff, if I remember correctly it was in supraspinatus. The doctor who did the ultrasound said the rotator cuff and the whole shoulder is healthy except the calcium, so no tears etc. She also said there clearly is calcium but definitely not that much that it would need to be operated at all.

I feel pain when rotating my hand inwards and then raising it against something (like when washing my face). The pain is better now, but far from non-existent.

I am therefore looking guidance for how to speed up the calcium removal and for the rehab.

Please, I would highly appreciate any help on how to proceed this one and to speed up the healing process?

Thank you and good winds!

EDIT: I forgot to add that the pain is on the front side of my shoulder (just a couple of inches from the top of the shoulder and an inch from the side of the shoulder when looking at front of the shoulder).

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Re: Rotator Cuff Calcific Tendinitis:rehab and calcium remov

Postby tautologies » Fri Mar 14, 2014 11:40 am

Mine is fubared too. I am trying to retrain it and get some strength back. Mine is a bit different in pain patterns, but I am using yoga and light weights to get some of the strength back.

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Re: Rotator Cuff Calcific Tendinitis:rehab and calcium remov

Postby jumpjet » Fri Mar 14, 2014 12:09 pm

I did a session of shockwave treatment and got rid of it. Google it but it is basically an ultrasound "hammer" applied to your shoulder for about 15-20 minutes and it works as I did also for my plantar fasciitis ( I am a long distance runner) and solved that too...a bit expensive...

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Re: Rotator Cuff Calcific Tendinitis:rehab and calcium remov

Postby 1968 » Fri Mar 14, 2014 5:53 pm

This is very common. My shoulder was bad from almost two years. I went to different doctors and had alot of injections and nothing help longterm. Until I found a good physio. He gave me stretches and excercises to do twice a day. After four month I had no problems at all. I can even go to the gym again.

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Re: Rotator Cuff Calcific Tendinitis:rehab and calcium remov

Postby Ecoastprock » Fri Mar 14, 2014 6:06 pm

Get a referral from your doctor and go see a certified sports physical therapist. There a wide variety of techniques available to break up calcium deposits. They will give you some stretching and strengthening exercises to increase any loss of ROM and muscle strength and reduce your pain through different PT modalities.

Do some research on iontophoresis (an electrical stimulation modality) and phonophoresis (ultrasound). These techniques are often used to break up calcium deposits.

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Re: Rotator Cuff Calcific Tendinitis:rehab and calcium remov

Postby SSK » Fri Mar 14, 2014 6:49 pm

Believe it or not I healed my with P90X. I went to physical therapy and the 60 minutes 3 times a week did not do much. It is a start, but just was not enough. The doctor said had to strengthen supporting muscles around the shoulder. The reason that P90X worked well, IMO, was that all the workouts have stretching, large range of motion, and lots of variations involving smaller supporting muscles. You have to be careful and know your limits. You have to know if it is hurting because you are working it, or if it is hurting because you are doing more damage. Pullups for example I had to do all of them assisted in the beginning. Many of the exercises are similar to PT ones, just a whole lot more and more often. I found a lot of workouts that were not directly shoulder related actually seemed to have a lot of impact and benefit. Certain types of arm curls, yoga, and push ups would be really painful at first , but worked through them.
In my case I have partial tears on both side, so I do not think they really can be healed, you are basically compensating. The tendons in my shoulder used to be sore and inflamed all of the time and would hurt to reach for anything. Almost, pain free now and my shoulder does not sound like a ratchet.
Do not think I will ever be doing handle passes though.

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Re: Rotator Cuff Calcific Tendinitis:rehab and calcium remov

Postby piccio » Sat Mar 15, 2014 6:53 am

ask yourself why there is a deposit of calcium on your shoulder(or ask doctors)
why not on the other shoulder,look for the cause of problem before trying to solve the problem.who is involved in transporting calcium in our body?
who is due to transport away it?
an interruption in this chain is the cause.
release flooding ,you will do it-
spend time on web ,think, listen your body.
not very easy but not extremely difficult.
not removing the cause will a little by little( takes years)continue the deposit.

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Re: Rotator Cuff Calcific Tendinitis:rehab and calcium remov

Postby TheJoe » Mon Mar 17, 2014 2:32 am

Take it from someone that has had the surgery. Make sure you go and see a sports orthopedic doctor and no one else. I wasted over a year with a regular ortho and lots of injections in both shoulders. He did not want to even talk about surgery with me even though the injections did not help but for a few months at a time.

I later went to a very well known sports ortho in out area (Houston, Tx.) and started all over with xrays and more injections. By this time you could see the damage to my left shoulder in the xrays and my AC joint looked like a saw blade it was so jagged. By the time I had surgery I lost ROM in both shoulders and I could barely put a belt on and it hurt just to put a shirt on.

I'm not saying your case is anything like mine. What I'm saying is make sure what your doing is right and that your getting the best help you need. The shoulder is a very complex joint and it can be very hard to diagnose exactly what the problem is. This is what I learned going thru shoulder problems and my Dr. even told me that with out surgery he would not know exactly how bad the damage was. That even the (horrific painful) MRI's could not see everything.

I would strongly recommend getting a 2nd opinion at least.

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