Associated Shoulder Conditions

Patients also suffer from less common associated shoulder conditions such as:

  • Calcific tendonitis
  • AC joint pain
  • Biceps tendonitis

Calcific tendonitis

Calcific tendonitis is when small calcium deposits build up on your shoulder tendons. It is a relatively common problem in middle-aged people. Although they are mostly incidental, some people – most commonly women aged 30 to 50 – have large and extensive calcium deposits which cause their shoulders to be intermittently troublesome for years.

Mostly, this condition is managed with periodic cortisone (steroid) injections.  Occasionally surgery is offered, particularly if the calcium deposits are prominent and there are longstanding symptoms of subacromial impingement and subacromial bursitis.

AC joint pain

AC joint pain is a condition which occurs in all age groups.  It can be difficult to diagnose, particularly as it often accompanies other problems such as subacromial impingement or a rotator cuff tear.

Most AC joint pain resolves of its own accord but this often takes many months or more. A steroid injection directly into the AC joint may also help.

Occasionally, surgery may be required and this is generally successful.

Biceps tendonitis

One of the two upper tendons of the biceps muscle runs in a groove on the upper arm bone and then into the shoulder joint itself.  This tendon can be a potent source of pain.

Problems with this tendon often arise in association with subacromial impingement or a rotator cuff tear, but in younger people this may exist as a problem in isolation.

Again, a steroid injection may help.  Surgery is usually performed in association with surgery for other problems.

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