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Calcific tendonitis

Hydroxyapatite deposition disease (HADD)

A condition characterised by calcium deposits in the shoulder that causes pain and inflammation

What is calcific tendonitis?

Calcific tendonitis occurs in the tendons of the rotator cuff. The condition occurs when calcium deposits form on the tendons of your shoulder. The tissue around the deposits can become inflamed, causing significant shoulder pain. This condition is fairly common and mostly affects people over the age of 40.

Need to know

  • What are the symptoms of calcific tendonitis? icon plus

    Symptoms change depending on the stage at which you are at in the development of the condition. These might include:

    • mild to moderate pain while the calcium is being deposited
    • significant pain when the deposits are reabsorbed into the tendons of your shoulder
    • stiffness in the shoulder and difficulty raising your arm
    • interrupted sleep as a consequence of the pain
  • How is calcific tendonitis diagnosed? icon plus

    Your consultant will take your medical history and conduct a physical examination of your shoulder. Imaging tests may be required to confirm calcific tendonitis . These might include:

    • X-rays to identify the exact location of any calcium deposits in your shoulder
    • an ultrasound scan to identify the presence of calcium deposits

    Your consultant may need to take multiple X-rays over a period of time to check the development of the condition and determine whether surgery is necessary.

  • Potential treatment options icon plus

    • Anti-inflammatory medication for mild to moderate pain. If the pain is acute your consultant may recommend a steroid injection (cortisone). Resting the arm and shoulder is also advised.
    • Shockwave therapy. This involves using high energy sound or pressure waves, which can alter the pain while the deposits are reabsorbed. -
    • Barbotage. This involves removing a deposit by sucking it into a syringe with ultrasound guidance. You may also need surgery, usually arthroscopy. A small incision is made in the shoulder, before a tiny camera and surgical instrument is inserted to remove the deposits. This is more likely with large deposits that have damaged the rotator cuff tendons.

Our shoulder consultants

We have leading orthopaedic consultants who specialise in diagnosing and treating conditions of the shoulder including shoulder injuries.

Our shoulder consultants work closely with musculoskeletal physiotherapists to provide care throughout your treatment and recovery. 
Consultant in theatres

Our locations

From complex shoulder surgery to diagnostic tests and procedures, we provide exceptional shoulder care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

  • The Wellington Hospital - South Building

    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 020 7483 5148
    General enquiries 020 7586 5959
    Post COVID Recovery service 020 7483 5348

  • London Bridge Hospital

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments & Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773

  • The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road

    London

    SW1W 8RH

    Appointments 020 7730 8298
    General enquiries 020 7730 7733

  • The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 7908 8001
    General enquiries 020 7486 1234

  • The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

  • HCA UK at The Wilmslow Hospital

    52-54 Alderley Road

    Wilmslow

    SK9 1NY

    Appointments 020 7483 5148
    General enquiries 01615 160 961

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    HCA UK at The Shard

    The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street

    London

    SE1 9BS

    Call 020 3131 6888
    Opening hours 7:30 - 20:00 Monday - Friday

  • Platinum Medical Centre facility

    Platinum Medical Centre

    Platinum Medical Centre, 15 - 17 Lodge Road

    London

    NW8 7JA

    Call 020 7483 5148

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    Chelsea Outpatient Centre

    280 Kings Road

    London SW3 5AW

    Call 020 7881 4114
    Opening times 8am - 8pm

Request a shoulder or elbow appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced upper limb consultants. We can also make imaging and outpatient physiotherapy appointments for you.

020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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