Calcific tendinitis (also known as hydroxyapatite deposition disease) is a painful form of tendonitis that’s characterized by the formation of calcium deposits in one or more tendons throughout the body. Technically, calcific tendinitis can occur anywhere in the body – assuming there’s a tendon nearby – however, it typically occurs in the rotator cuff portion of the shoulder. The small, roughly 1-2 centimeter in diameter calcium deposits form in the tendons, resulting in pain, inflammation and limited mobility.
The exact cause of calcific tendinitis remains unknown, but doctors have identified certain risk factors that increase an individual’s chance of developing this condition. One risk factor that’s known to increase a person’s chance of developing calcific tendonitis is age. People between the ages of 40-50 have the highest risk, whereas people outside this range are considered low risk.
Diabetes is another risk factor that’s linked to calcific tendonitis. Scientists believe that the improper blood flow caused by diabetes forces buildups of calcium deposits in the tendons; thus, resulting in calcific tendonitis.
Of course, anyone can develop this condition at any given time in their life. Whether you’re a man, woman, young, old, diabetic or non-diabetic, calcium deposits may form in your tendons to create calcific tendonitis. In most cases, calcific tendonitis occurs in the rotator cuff – the group of tendons that connect the shoulder muscles to the upper arm bone known as the humerus.
Medical practitioners have identified three stages of calcific tendonitis: precalcification, calcific and postcalcific. The first stage, precalcification, typically results in few (if any) symptoms. The crystalized calcium deposits begin to form in the tendons, but there’s little-to-no pain and/or inflammation. The patient may continue to go about his or her normal activity without suffering from any ill effects related to their condition.
The second stage, calcific, is characterized by the formation of larger, more prominent calcium deposits within the tendons. The chalky, white-colored substance sticks to the tendons, irritating and inflaming the surrounding muscles and tissue. The calcific stage is usually the most painful and debilitatin.
The third and final stage of calcific tendonitis is postcalcific. This stage is characterized by the gradual decline of the calcium deposits build up within the tendons.
If you are suffering from calcific tendonitis, you should seek professional guidance from a licensed chiropractor. They can provide further guidance on how to treat your condition, shortening recovery times while reducing pain and swelling. The good news is that calcific tendonitis tends to go away on its own after several weeks, but the bad news is that can be quite painful during its peak. Don’t let the pain and inflammation of calcific tendonitis negatively impact your life. Schedule an appointment with your chiropractor today.
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