Calcium can often build up in tendons and tissues near a joint, which causes pain and makes movement difficult. Treating this calcium can help permanently reduce pain. We use ultrasound to localize the deposit and remove the calcium with a needle.
After the treatment, a local steroid is injected to reduce inflammation. We arrange a follow-up ultrasound six months after your treatment for re-assessment, and to plan additional procedures, if required. Calcium deposits must meet specific size criteria to be amenable to this procedure. We advise a diagnostic bursal steroid injection before this procedure is considered.
During your procedure, we have treated your calcium and encouraged your body to resorb any residual calcium causing your pain. This may take 2-4 weeks to take full effect.
This exam is covered under your Alberta Health Care Plan. It is not currently offered at our Saskatchewan clinics.