Calcium deposits are treated with rest, ice, pain and anti-inflammatory medications, and gentle exercises that improve range of motion, explains WebMD. In more painful situations, a doctor may inject steroid medicine into the area.
Doctors may also suggest that the calcium deposits be removed. In this case, there are a few options, according to WebMD. One method involves a specialist who numbs the area and uses ultrasound imaging to guide needles to the calcium build-up. The build-up is loosened and sucked out with needles. The body may absorb minor amounts of calcium left behind.
Shock wave therapy is another method. In this procedure, a doctor uses a device to target the calcium deposit with sound waves, states WebMD. Sounds waves travel through the skin to break up the deposit so that the body can absorb some of it. This treatment requires no anesthesia or incisions.
Calcium deposits are also removed with an arthroscopic surgery called debridement, notes WebMD. In arthroscopic procedures, a device containing a camera and small light is used to examine the inside of joints. This procedure is used to diagnose and treat joint diseases, injuries and problems, as a surgical instrument can also be inserted through the arthroscope.