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Muscle Calcifiaction?


Join date: Aug 2009
Posts: 225

My oldest boy was diagnosed with this after a deep thigh bruise during his basketball season. For those unfamiliar, there's basically what were described to me as "pieces of bone" growing in the muscle. If anyone has any experience with this, particularly in the treatment, please let me know. My son's looking to land a baseball scholarship, and the treatment we've been told so far is "no activity for 3 to 6 months," which would effectively end his season before it begins, or limit him to about 5 weeks at the most. Thanks in advance for the help.

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Join date: Aug 2005
Posts: 947

I actually have done my clinical research on calcific deposits and some of the treatment methods. The ones we were trying to treat were more chronic in nature and located in tendons rather than muscle tissue, however, this is a good thing as our outcomes ended up terrible. However, outcomes for more acute injuries in muscle tissue seem to be better according to the research.

The research we were doing used iontophoresis with acetic acid to treat calcific deposits. There are a few case studies out their who have used this successfully with conditions very similar to your sons. How effective these treatments were are generally unknown, as spontaneous resabsorption of the calcified mass is fairly common with these types of traumatic injuries. But you could ask a doc about this option and see if he would write you a script for some physical therapy.

Here are the articles:

Wieder DL. Treatment of traumatic myositis ossificans with acetic acid iontophoresis. Phys Ther. 1992;72(2):133-137.

Gard K, Ebaugh D. The use of acetic acid iontophoresis in the management of a soft tissue injury. N Am J Sports Phys Ther. 2010;5(4):220-226.

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