With no medical treatment, the shoulder will usually heal within two years. However, many patients find they can’t live with limited use of their shoulder, as well as the pain calcific tendonitis of the shoulder causes. In these cases, nonsurgical treatments such as anti-inflammatory medications, steroid injections and physical therapy can relieve pain and improve motion.
Patients who need relief from pain may require arthroscopy. For this minimally invasive procedure, doctors make small incisions around the shoulder and insert a tiny camera to guide them through surgery to repair tissue in the shoulder.