Calcific tendonitis is a common cause of shoulder pain. It occurs when calcium deposits in or around the rotator cuff tendons, most commonly the supraspinatus. It usually affects people aged 40 to 60 years and is more common in women than in men.
People with calcific tendonitis will generally have shoulder pain, stiffness, difficulty sleeping on the affected side and problems with activities of daily living such as dressing and work. Diagnosis is confirmed with imaging such as ultrasound or Xray. Calcific tendonitis of the shoulder is typically treated with rest, anti-inflammatories, physiotherapy, corticosteroid injections and if all else fails, surgery.
More recently, shockwave therapy has emerged as an alternative treatment option. Shockwave delivers acoustic waves to the affected area with the intent of breaking up the calcification. Studies have shown shockwave can help to reduce pain, increase shoulder function and dissolve calcifications in people with calcific tendinitis of the shoulder. These improvements are also long-lasting with patients showing improvement in symptoms and resorption of calcifications at 6 months follow up.
The Body Refinery’s shockwave machine is made by EMS Swiss DolarClast, the world leader in Shockwave therapy and technology.
If you have been diagnosed with rotator cuff calcifications, please talk to your physiotherapist, myotherapist or massage therapist about Shockwave. The initial appointment is 45 minutes long and will include a full assessment and a minimum of 15 minutes of treatment. Following sessions can go from 15 to 60 minutes depending on the type of injury. Shockwave appointments are only performed once a week to allow the injured area to rest.
Book today to experience the benefits of Shockwave Therapy. Call 07 3358 3915 or follow the link below.