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Calcific Tendinitis

Calcific Tendinitis of the Shoulder / Tendinitis calcarea

The calcific tendinitis of the shoulder usually features calcifications respectively calcium deposits at the supraspinatus tendon between the acromion and the head of the humerus. The calcific tendinitis of the shoulder is mostly caused by an impingement syndrome, e.g. a pronounced stenosis of the subacromial space below the acromion due to a muscular imbalance. Consequently the supraspinatus tendon between the acromion and the head of the humerus is incarcerated, particularly if the lifted arms are repeatedly overexcited and “worn out“ during intense activities. While the calcific tendinitis of the shoulder gradually develops, inflammations and injuries of the tendon will again and again occur which – if the tendon is granted a rest - will heal and cicatrize in the first phase of the disease. It can be compared with “scab“ forming on a wound after an injury. This scab will usually peel off and can then be removed. If, however, such scab is formed in the body, is will not work in the same way. The deposits accumulate and harden (calcify), which is called calcific tendinitis of the shoulder.

If the calcium deposits have reached a certain size, chronic inflammations around these deposits will show up in case of the calcific tendinitis of the shoulder. Moreover the bursa is usually inflamed and gets swollen (bursitis), which additionally increases the pressure in the joint. If a targeted physical exercise therapy is administered to widen the subacromial space, the calcium deposits – depending on their position and size – will rub against and irritate the “calcified shoulder“ to a lesser extent. The focus of inflammation can heal and – if you are lucky – the calcification quite often disintegrates. During the last years the physical exercises by use of the AktiFlex® ShoulderTrainer have proved to be one of the most essential training methods to widen the subacromial space. Apart from other facts these exercises with the “SchulterHilfe-Bügel“ (bracket to cure the shoulder) may be successful as they can be done at home as often as necessary and in the individually adjusted intensity.

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