Painful Calcifications

Unique pain conditions can develop in muscles, shoulders, knees, hands, and feet, characterized by the presence of excruciatingly painful calcium deposits that interfere with normal soft tissue, nerve, or joint function.  These conditions include:

  • Calcific tendonitis (shoulder
  • Heel spurs
  • Bunions and Hammer Toes (feet)Severe ligament sprains (knees/feet)
  • Arthritic spurs (fingers/toes).
  • Injured Muscles


We quickly remove these deposits using the world’s most powerful high energy acoustic shockwave therapy technology, the same used to break apart kidney stones.
We are the only clinic in North America to have and use the world’s most powerful shockwave device from EMS Medical (Germany) capable of quickly removing such hardened calcifications.

If you have ever had or heard of anyone afflicted with these conditions, you know how long and difficult it can be to resolve them. We remove heel spurs completely in 1 treatment, shoulder calcific tendinopathy, and knee/foot ligament calcifications in 2 treatments, as examples. This is possible for two reasons;

  1. EMS makes the world’s most powerful acoustic shockwave therapy device capable of making quick work of unwanted calcifications.  
  2. We can accurately locate unwanted calcifications with our unique ability to feel them, able to then guide the acoustic waves directly into their core, which is the most crucial aspect of treatment. If these acoustic waves miss the calcification by even the slightest margin, treatments will not be effective.

Why do Calcium Deposits Form?

You may be surprised and even shocked to learn that calcium deposits form wherever chronic inflammation resides in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. It is electrically attracted due to the polarity difference between calcium molecules and inflammatory substances, as with negative and positive charges in a battery.

Heel spurs, for example, begin with inflammation that eventually becomes chronic, then electrically attracts calcium molecules in the blood to bind to the inflamed site on the heel, forming a heel spur.

Calcific tendonitis in shoulder forms, in the same way, beginning with an injured tendon, long-term inflammation, then calcification.


As you may now understand, we can’t just remove the calcium deposit from the region affected, but must identify the original mechanism of injury that led to the formation of inflammation, and resolve it. If we remove the calcium deposit, the original cause for the inflammation will still exist, and new calcium will be deposited.

Mechanism of Injury: What Has gone Wrong?

Calcific Tendonitis
Tendonitis, for example, is a condition where a tendon has suffered repetitive injuries over many months and years before you ever feel the pain it produces. If not resolved, calcific tendinopathy may develop. Now the pain of this injured tendon has just increased to an unbearable state, keeping you awake at night, causing profound weakness into the arm, headaches, pins/needles/numbness into the wrist, thumb or fingers, and perhaps even jaw pain.

The most common body region we see with unwanted calcifications is in bunions, hammertoes, heel spurs, and bones of the arch. Feet seem to be the number one location for extra calcium to form, probably due to the degree of chronic inflammation many people experience in such a load-bearing part of the body.

We also see knee ligament calcifications in athletes who suffer moderate to severe knee sprains/strain injuries.

Knee and hip arthritis with significant calcifications are not treatable conditions with therapy, as the joint is worn out and must be replaced. However, we can treat the soft tissue damage around the hip and knee joints after they have been replaced.