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Calcific tendonitis (shoulder)

Calcific tendonitis (shoulder)

Blow-drying your hair, hanging up your clothes or pulling your jumper over your head – anyone who has ever had persistent shoulder pain knows that the joint is indispensable for many movements. Everyday life can become torture for patients with painful calcific tendonitis.

Our shoulder experts at Schoen Clinic specialise in treating calcific tendonitis. We work with you to find the precise diagnosis, advising on the best course of action to resolve your condition and assist in relieving your pain.

Calcific tendonitis: aftercare

If the decision is made to perform surgery, you will be admitted as a day-case, meaning you can expect to go home on the same day of the operation. You will have your affected arm immobilised in a sling and dressings covering the wounds where the camera and surgical instruments were inserted. The shoulder and upper limb area might feel numb all the way down to your hand and fingers due to the effect of anaesthesia. This numbness will subside in a few hours and you might experience some degree of post-operative pain, which is usually well managed with pain killers taken by mouth. Ice packs applied locally (for 15 to 30 minutes, 3 to 5 times daily) may also help reduce pain. Unless a rotator cuff tear is seen and repaired during arthroscopy, you are expected to wear a sling for comfort only and discard its use as soon as your pain level allows. A sedentary job (i.e. typing) may be resumed after 5-7 days, whereas those who have a heavier physical workload (i.e. lifting weights, moving objects above shoulder level) may require a longer period of absence. Sustained or repetitive overhead activities should be avoided for a minimum of three months in any case. You will be seen by your surgeon at three weeks post-operatively to inspect your wounds, monitor your progress and discuss the next steps in your rehabilitation plans.