Calcific tendonitis of the shoulder

In the event calcareous deposits in the tendons become painful, the appropriate treatment can be initiated depending on the stage of the condition. Removal of the deposits using arthroscopic surgery is only indicated in the event of painful progressions that do not react to treatments such as physical therapy, injections, needling, or shockwave therapy. The pasty calcium deposits are emptied and suctioned away using tiny devices.

The procedure can be done on an inpatient or outpatient basis. Physical therapy treatment runs for 3-12 weeks, and it is possible to resume athletic activity after around 3 weeks. Time away from work is about 1-2 weeks for light work and 6 weeks for more physically demanding work.