Is there a link between calcific deposits and shoulder pain?

Calcific deposits in the rotator cuff are a common radiological finding, but do they correlate well with pain?

This retrospective study examines the link between radiographically diagnosed rotator cuff calcification and subacromial pain syndrome (SAPS). They reported calcific deposits in 7.8% of asymptomatic subjects, compared to 42.5% of subjects with SAPS. Age between 30-60, female gender and subacromial pain were all significant predictors for the presence of calcific deposits.


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