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Understanding Calcific Tendonitis and How Physiotherapy Can Help

physiotherapy for calcific tendonitis

If you have experienced pain in the shoulder or arm with no clear cause, you may be dealing with calcific tendonitis. This condition is caused by calcium deposits that form within the tendons of the shoulder. You should also take note that there are foods to avoid with calcific tendonitis.

While calcific tendonitis can be painful and uncomfortable, it is important to know that this condition can be managed through physiotherapy.

What is Calcific Tendonitis?

What are the causes of Calcific Tendonitis? Calcific tendonitis occurs when calcium deposits build up in the rotator cuff tendons of the shoulder. This buildup can cause inflammation, swelling, and pain in the affected area. The most common symptom of calcific tendonitis is a sharp pain in the shoulder which usually becomes worse at night or when reaching overhead. It is important to note that calcific tendonitis does not always produce symptoms.

There are a number of ways, including physiotherapy and chiropractic treatment to treat calcific tendonitis, and if left untreated it can lead to decreased range of motion and mobility in the shoulder area as well as impaired performance during activities such as sports or exercise.

How Physiotherapy Can Help Calcific Tendonitis

Physiotherapy is an effective treatment for calcific tendonitis because it helps to reduce pain and restore mobility to the affected area. Generally speaking, physio involves exercises designed to strengthen the muscles around the shoulder joint while also promoting flexibility. Some of these exercises may include stretching, range-of-motion exercises, and weight training using light weights or resistance bands. Additionally, physiotherapists may incorporate ice packs or ultrasound treatments into their treatment plans depending on each patient’s individual needs. These treatments help to reduce swelling and inflammation while also providing relief from the pain associated with calcific tendonitis.

Does Calcific Tendonitis go away on its own? Calcific tendonitis is a painful condition that affects many people every year but thankfully there are treatments available that can help manage its symptoms so that sufferers can get back to living their lives without worrying about flare-ups or debilitating bouts of pain due to this condition. Physiotherapy has been proven effective in managing both acute and chronic cases of calcific tendonitis over time by reducing inflammation, strengthening muscles around the affected joint area, improving range of motion and flexibility, and helping patients learn how best to manage their daily activities without exacerbating their symptoms further down the line. In conjuction with physiotherapy, massage therapy can help relieve Calcific Tenonitis pain.

With proper care from a qualified healthcare professional such as a physiotherapist those suffering from this condition can once again enjoy full mobility without having to worry about flare-ups or prolonged bouts of intense discomfort caused by excessive movement or activity.

If you have any questions or would like to explore further, please book a free, no-charge online appointment with either myself, Nitin Nair, BPT, R/TRO DIP, PT, or another physiotherapist in Waterloo or Kitchener at CARESPACE. We are happy to listen and are here to help!

Nitin Nair, BPT, R/TRO DIP, PT

Nitin Nair, BPT, R/TRO DIP, PT

Nitin is an internationally trained physiotherapist and has been practicing in Canada since 2015. After graduating in 2009, Nitin started as a physiotherapist in a cardiothoracic and vascular surgery team under the guidance of an eminent cardiac surgeon. His interest and passion in the field of sports and musculoskeletal rehabilitation made him switch from acute care to a musculoskeletal rehabilitation setting. Nitin blends various hands-on physiotherapy techniques with therapeutic exercises to achieve his client’s goals. He is certified in the McKenzie method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT): Lumbar spine, Mulligan concepts and personalized blood flow restriction rehabilitation (PBFR). His clients vary from weekend warriors to elite athletes. He is a huge advocate of the ‘Looking beyond the pain’ model to provide clients with the best care possible. Exercises and activity modification are always important components of his treatment plans to empower clients to reach their health goals.

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