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Tendon pain

Suffering from tendon pain in your elbow, knee, heel or foot? Now there is an innovative treatment designed to remove the source of tendon pain: Tenex Health TX.

What is a tendon

Relieve tendon pain non-surgicalA tendon is a strong, yet flexible band of tissue that connects muscle to the bones in your joints. Tendons and muscles work together to create a pulling force that enables you to move your joints. This allows you to bend, walk, jump and move in many different ways. A healthy tendon makes this motion easy and pain free. When tendons are damaged, movement in a joint, such as the elbow, can be very painful and limit your range of motion.

What causes tendon pain?

Damaged or scarred tendons can cause pain and limit the range of motion, which will worsen over time if left untreated. The tendon pain you may be feeling in the elbow, knee or other joints in the body is caused by a number of factors including:

  • Trauma – Damage to the tendon from a hit, twist or pull on the joint
  • Repetitive motion – Damage to the tendon from overuse in work, exercise or activity

In each of these situations, the tendon tissue breaks down and eventually forms a scar. The scarred and damaged tendon will cause pain. You may recognize a few of the common names of pain:

  • Plantar fasciitis (this is related to the soft tissue in the heel)
  • Tennis elbow
  • Golfer's elbow
  • Jumper's knee
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Swimmer's shoulder/shoulder pain

What are my treatment options?

Until now, the options for treating tendon pain were rest, physical therapy, medications, or an open surgical procedure. Limited to these treatment options, it could take months or years to recover and get back to daily activities. The innovative Tenex Health TX procedure is a non-surgical way to remove the source of the tendon pain so you can return to an active lifestyle faster.

Tenex Health TX technique

The innovative Tenex Health TX procedure is designed to remove scarred and damaged tendon scar tissue, the source of the pain, without disturbing the surrounding healthy tendon tissue. This achieves the same goal as open surgery, but is minimally invasive and performed under local anesthesia, in a nonsurgical setting. Most people return to normal activities within six weeks. 

Benefits of Tenex Health TX include:

  • Minimally-invasive outpatient procedure
  • Ultrasound-guided procedure performed by an interventional radiologist
  • Treatment takes less than 20 minutes
  • Performed with local anesthetic
  • Quick recovery time
  • Covered by most insurance and Medicare

During the procedure

This minimally-invasive, outpatient procedure is performed through a small incision, using a local anesthetic to numb the area. You will be fully awake and alert the entire time. An interventional radiologist uses ultrasound guidance to target the exact location of the painful soft tissue. Once located, a small instrument the size of a toothpick is inserted into the scar tissue. The instrument delivers ultrasonic energy specifically designed to break up and remove the damaged tissue safely and quickly, without disturbing the surrounding healthy tendon tissue. After the scar tissue is removed, the tiny opening is closed – no sutures or stitches are needed.

After treatment

The interventional radiology physician who performed your treatment will provide specific instructions based on your condition, work and lifestyle. In most cases, you will not need physical therapy or prolonged use of medication before resuming normal activities. For at least two weeks, you should not perform any weight-bearing exercise or activity.

Schedule a consultation

To learn more about Tenex Health TX procedure for tendon pain, or to schedule a consultation, please call our interventional radiologists at 800-777-7775 or visit www.tendontreatments.com. Download a brochure >>

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