Evaluation and Nonsurgical Management of Rotator Cuff Calcific Tendinopathy

Rotator cuff calcific tendinopathy is a frequent finding that is responsible for about 7% of patients with shoulder pain. There are many theories on the pathogenesis of rotator cuff calcific tendinopathy. The diagnosis is confirmed with radiography, MRI or ultrasound. There are numerous conservative treatment options available and most patients can be managed successfully without surgical intervention. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and multiple modalities are frequently used to manage pain and inflammation; physical therapy can help improve scapular mechanics and decrease dynamic impingement; ultrasound-guided needle aspiration and lavage techniques can provide long-term improvement in pain and function in these patients.