Calcific tendonitis is a lot more common than one may think.

It happens when calcium builds up in your tendons. While the build-up most commonly happens in the shoulders, it can also occur in the elbows, wrists, hands, feet, and knees.

This leads to swelling and irritation in the tendons. If you have calcific tendonitis of the shoulder, you are likely to experience restricted ROM (range of movement) and pain in your arm, neck and shoulder area.

Shockwave therapy is particularly effective for treating calcific tendonitis as it breaks up these calcium deposits and accelerates the healing process. It’s non-invasive, so you don’t need any anesthesia or incisions either.

How Does Shockwave Therapy Treat Calcific Tendonitis?

Shockwave therapy is a quick and effective treatment for calcific tendonitis.

Once the medical practitioner has confirmed the diagnosis and reviewed your case history, they will proceed with shockwave therapy.

Shockwave therapy is delivered through a probe on the area where there is pain and tenderness. Impulses transmitted into the area of the body enable your body to start the natural healing process.

Within a few treatments, you can usually notice a significant improvement in the symptoms and a reduction in pain. Additionally, as the process is non-invasive, you don’t have to miss work or other commitments.

Scientific Evidence

The effectiveness of shockwave therapy has been proven by studies as well.

A study was performed to evaluate the effectiveness of shockwave therapy in the management of calcific tendinitis of the shoulder. Ninety patients with radiographically verified calcific tendinitis of the shoulder were placed in either a treatment group or a control group.

The treatment group displayed improvement in all of the parameters analyzed after treatment and at the 6-month follow-up. Calcifications disappeared completely in 86.6% of the individuals in the treatment group while only 8.8% of the subjects in the control group displayed partially reduced calcifications.

Similarly, in another study, 35 patients, with a mean age of 47.5 years, suffering from calcifying tendinitis, with a Gaertner type 2 calcific deposit, were treated by low energy radial shockwave therapy three times.

80.8% of the patients were pain-free and 19.2% reported pain relief 12 months after the treatment.

Shockwave therapy is an effective treatment that medical practitioners can offer their patients. If you’re a practitioner, contact us to learn more or request a demo. Call 1 (888) 741-SHOC(7462) or visit