FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How long does the procedure take to work?
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.
How long will the treatment last?
We will arrange a follow-up ultrasound in six months to assess your response to this treatment. At that time, you will be asked about your level of activity, range of motion, and pain score to determine the effectiveness of the treatment and guide further management. If your symptoms recur before your follow-up ultrasound, a bursal steroid injection may be considered. If an injection does not help relieve your symptoms, then you may need further evaluation by your referring doctor for another cause of your symptoms.
How many procedures can I have and how often?
We will arrange a follow-up ultrasound to re-assess the tendon after six months to ensure the calcium is reabsorbing and your symptoms are improving. Rarely, a repeat procedure will be recommended. If your pain persists, a repeat bursal steroid injection may be considered at six weeks post-treatment.
What are the side effects?
A common side effect of the procedure is mild pain or bruising around the area. Over-the-counter pain medication or icing the area can help. Very rare side effects may include infection or tearing of the tendon.