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What are the Causes of Calcific Tendonitis?

causes of calcific tendonitis

Calcific tendonitis is a painful and limiting condition that affects many people. It occurs when calcium deposits build up in the tendons and cause inflammation and discomfort. It can be caused by a variety of factors, and understanding these causes is key to proper treatment. In this blog post, we’ll explore the main causes of calcific tendonitis and explain how chiropractic care and physiotherapy treat your condition, and how massage therapy can help relieve Calcific Tendonitis pain.

Overuse and Repetitive Strain

One of the most common causes of calcific tendonitis is overuse and repetitive strain. This can occur in any tendon in the body but is most often seen in the shoulder, elbow, wrist, and knee. Overuse can result from a wide range of activities such as typing, painting, gardening, and playing sports. Over time, the repetitive strain can cause micro-tears in the tendon, leading to inflammation and the eventual formation of calcium deposits.

Aging and Degeneration

As we age, our tendons lose elasticity and become more prone to injury and disease. Aging and degeneration are common causes of calcific tendonitis, particularly in the rotator cuff tendons of the shoulder. As the tendons degenerate, tiny calcium deposits can begin to form and build up over time, leading to pain and inflammation.


Calcific tendonitis can also be caused by genetic factors. Some people are simply more prone to developing calcium deposits in their tendons due to genetic predispositions. This can be exacerbated by other factors such as poor posture, obesity, and chronic inflammation. There are also foods you should avoid with Calcific Tendonitis.

Trauma and Injury

Trauma and injury to the tendons can also cause calcific tendonitis. This can be the result of a single traumatic event, such as a fall or sports injury, or it can be the result of chronic wear and tear over time. When the tendon is injured, the body responds by sending calcium to the area to help repair the damage. If this process becomes chronic, it can lead to the formation of calcium deposits and inflammation. In this case, physiotherapy can help you with your chronic Calcific Tendonitis.

Poor Posture and Muscle Imbalances

Finally, poor posture and muscle imbalances can also contribute to calcific tendonitis. When we have poor posture or muscle imbalances, it can put undue stress on the tendons and other soft tissues in the body. Over time, this stress can lead to micro-tears and inflammation in the tendons, leading to the formation of calcium deposits.

Does Calcific Tendonitis Go Away on Its Own? Calcific tendonitis can be a frustrating and painful condition, but with the right treatment, it is possible to relieve the pain and restore proper function. By understanding the causes, you’ll learn how chiropractic care can help Calcific Tendonitis and how physiotherapy can help address the root causes of the condition and support the body’s natural healing process. Whether you’re dealing with a chronic case of calcific tendonitis or just starting to experience symptoms, seeking out the help of a physiotherapist can be an important step towards better health and wellness. So don’t wait, schedule an appointment today and take control of your health!

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 Kitchener physiotherapy practitioner 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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