Calcific Quadriceps Tendonitis in a soccer player

by Dean
(Croatia, Zagreb)


I am from Croatia, so I am sorry if my English is not to good.

My doctor said I have calcific quadriceps tendonitis.

I am trying to heal this condition for last two months.

I read many articles on Internet and tried everything to heal it.
Massages, NSAIDs, increased magnesium intake, icing...
And then I started to play soccer and pain came back.

I am frustrated about that.

Please, give me some good advice what to do. And tell me, how long should I wait before returning to sport?


Joshua Answers:

Hi Dean.

I'd be happy to help, and your English is just fine, no worries.

Some questions first.

1. How much magnesium, and of what kind, are you taking?

2. How exactly have you been icing? Did it help at all?

3. Describe the massages you have been getting.

4. Why does your doctor think it's 'calcific tendonitis' as opposed to regular Tendonitis?

5. What exactly happens now if you play sports? Please describe the symptoms.

Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
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Jul 11, 2010
Calcific tendonitis of the elbow
by: Anonymous

Ive been diagnosed with calcific tendonitis on my elbow - on the triceps. I work a lot with weights mainly for hypertrophy & I noticed pain with tricep extension exercises under heavy load.

My doc said it was calcification, after reviewing ultrasounds of my elbow tendon. The recommendation was basically to stop lifting heavy weights. After years working out, I am going to lose all my gains if I cant work with heavier loads - and this scares me (I've already lost 10kg in 2months).

I've recently started some eccentric exercise work, and take glucosamine tablets. I will start on magnesium & other supplements suggested on this site.

I really need help, I'm only 25 and cant imagine being kept out of the gym permanently. Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated.


Joshua Comments:

Hi Anonymous.

Magnesium, magnesium, magnesium. Muscle contraction, and tight muscles, pull Magnesium. It's safe to say you are Magnesium deficient/insufficient.

Tendonitis is one thing, Calcific Tendonitis is quite another. They share some of the same factors, of course, but a big part of the release of calcium is due to lack of magnesium.

Read my Magnesium for Tendonitis page, and follow the link at the bottom that goes to Kerri's Magnesium Dosage page.

Your doc's advice to stop lifting....I have nothing nice to say about that.

In short, any kind of self massage is great, ice dipping (as much of the elbow/arm in as possible), and MAGNESIUM! Do just under your tolerance level for a couple weeks and let me know what happens.

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