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Calcific tendinitis of the hip - Definition


The calcification of tendons is also called calcific tendinitis and represents a benign condition. It is caused by deposits of crystalline calcium phosphate accumulating on the tendons. In the majority of cases, calcific tendinitis affects the shoulder or gluteus medius muscle, located near the hip, in which case the erroneous definition of calcific tendinitis of the hip is often used. This condition is responsible for pain, impaired tendon mobility, and therefore impaired mobility of the body part in question. When the pain is severe, several different treatments are used, such as analgesic or anti-inflammatory drugs, or corticosteroid injection to the tendon.