Extracorporal shock wave therapy for calcifying tendinitis of the shoulder

Clin Orthop Relat Res. 1995 Dec:(321):196-201.


During the past 2 years, 40 patients referred to the authors' hospital for persistent calcifying tendinitis of the shoulder were seen on prospective followup after undergoing a single extracorporal shock wave therapy. During a single therapy session, all patients received 1500 impulses of the energy density 0.28 mJ/mm2 in plexus anesthesia. Followup examinations were done at 6 and 24 weeks. In 62.5% of the patients partial or complete disintegration of the deposit was observed. Statistical analysis showed significant improvement both of subjective and objective criteria. According to the Constant score, 60% of the patients reached normal values, and 72.5% of the patients had no or only occasional discomfort. Only 6 patients (15%) reported no improvement at the 24-week followup.

MeSH terms

  • Anesthesia, Conduction
  • Arthralgia
  • Calcinosis / etiology
  • Calcinosis / therapy*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Lithotripsy / methods*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Range of Motion, Articular
  • Shoulder Joint* / physiology
  • Tendinopathy / complications
  • Tendinopathy / therapy*
  • Treatment Outcome