Rotator Cuff Calcific Tendonitis

Rotator Cuff Calcific Tendonitis

What is rotator cuff calcific tendonitis?

Rotator cuff calcific tendonitis is the accumulation of calcium in the rotator cuff. Calcium forms in the tendon causing a build up of stress on the tendon, as well as causing irritation which leads to shoulder pain. Exactly what causes rotator cuff calcific tendonitis is not fully understood. Various theories have been put forward, including defects with blood supply and ageing of the tendon – however, none of the evidence to support these theories has been proven.

Symptoms of rotator cuff calcific tendonitis

Calcific tendonitis symptoms include:

  • Mild to severe pain
  • Dull aches
  • Swelling
  • Difficulty performing some movement


  • Painkillers and anti-inflammatories
  • Physiotherapy
  • Cortisone steroid injections
  • Cooling therapy to relieve pain and swelling

Physicool provides the key stages of PRICE in a single reusable bandage, providing protection, cooling and compression for a shoulder injury to help reduce the pain and swelling. A Physicool bandage can be applied to the injury and the cooling effect recharged by spraying Physicool Coolant directly onto the bandage whilst it is in position.

Physicool is a unique cotton bandage impregnated with a patented liquid which draws heat away from the affected tissues by rapid evaporation. While the deep tissues are being cooled, the simultaneous compression effects of Physicool modify the inflammatory response to soft tissue damage which helps promote healing.

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