Calcific Tendinitis (CT) or Calcifying Tendinitis

Calcific tendinitis (CT) or calcifying tendinitis is a common disorder in the vast majority of patients in which basic calcium phosphate crystals deposits accumulate within the tendons of the rotator cuff. The rotator cuff is made up of four muscles and their tendons (Supraspinatus, Infraspinatus, Subscapularis & Teres Minor) that connects upper arm to the shoulder and help to raise and rotate arm away from the body.

In most cases, Calcium deposits in the tendons of the rotator cuff (RC) form on the supraspinatus tendon but once in a while is seen in the Infraspinatus and Subscapularis and can be responsible for substantial functional disability, pain and discomfort as well.

Calcific Tendinitis Symptoms

Calcific tendinitis most often affects the tendons around the shoulder. That is why it is the common cause of shoulder pain. You’re more likely to be affected at higher degree if perform oftentimes overhead motions.

Consult the doctor if you ever face the mentioned difficulties

  • Pain and Swelling Around A Joint
  • Incessant Dull Ache
  • Pain Increases with Shoulder Movement
  • Stiffness of Shoulder
  • Loss of Shoulder Range of Motion
  • Pain Worse at Night

Primary Causes for Calcific Tendinitis

  • Aging
  • Genetic Predisposition
  • Abnormal Cell Growth
  • Production Of Anti-Inflammatory Agents In Body
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Kidneys That Aren’t Functioning Well
  • Damage to the Tendons
  • Diabetes

At Fortis Hospital, Mohali India, Dr. Manit Arora and team inspect, diagnose and treat a variety of problems inside the body joints, alongwith Shoulder, Hip and Knee Procedures.


Patients with calcific tendinitis treated with an arthroscopic excision of the calcium deposit. In this operative procedure all calcific deposits from the rotator cuff were excised by making small incisions around the shoulder. The section of tendon with the calcium inside it can usually be identified by the visualisation of an intensified heat area of tendon. The location of calcium accumulation is confirmed by determine the calcium on the tendon. Once located thereafter it is removed with an arthroscopic shaver and curette. Arthroscopic treatment is an impactful method for soothing pain in calcific tendinitis of the shoulder which leads to the very best functional results and ultimate patient satisfaction.