From the Committed Athlete to the Averagely Active, Tendonitis Is Common. It Can Be Cruelly Limiting Too.
Tendons are strong, flexible cords of tissue that attach muscles to bones. Tendons and muscles work together to create a pulling force that enables you to move your joints. A healthy tendon makes this motion easy and pain-free. When tendons are damaged, movement in a joint, such as the elbow, hip, ankle, foot, or knee, can be very painful and limit your range of motion.
So, What Causes Tendon Pain?
Tendinitis occurs when a tendon becomes inflamed and sore, usually from overuse (repetitive motion) or trauma. If untreated, scar tissue can form in the damaged tendon resulting in tendinosis (symptoms > 3 months). The scar tissue can result in worsened pain and limited range of motion. You don’t have to be a committed athlete to suffer from tendon pain. Whether you are a golfer or a gardener, a tennis player, or you’re just regularly toting toddlers and shopping, tendinosis can be painful and lifestyle limiting.
Here are just a few of the common names given to tendon pain:
- Plantar fasciitis (related to the plantar tendon in the bottom of the foot/heel region)
- Tennis elbow
- Golfer’s elbow
- Jumper’s Knee
- Achilles tendinitis/tendinosis
- Gluteal Hip Pain
What Are My Treatment Options?
Until now, the options for treating tendon pain were rest, physical therapy, medications, or open surgery. Limited to these treatment options, it could take months or years to recover and get back to daily activities. Now, the Interventional Radiologists at Radiology of Indiana offer a new, innovative, proven, and effective treatment alternative designed to remove the source of tendon pain. The Tenex TX procedure is designed to remove scarred and damaged tendon tissue, allowing you to return to your active lifestyle.
A Revolution in the Effective and Lasting Treatment of Chronic Tendon Pain
“We see patients come in with a lot of different kinds of tendon pain, with a lot of different names for it. Each one receives an ultrasound to see whether or not treatable scar tissue is present. If there is, and if they’ve been having focal pain for more than three months, then there is a really high likelihood that the Tenex TX Tendon Procedure can help.
“It’s so precise, we’re able to do (the procedure) without disturbing healthy tissue and the incision is so small, it doesn’t even require a suture or stitches to heal.”
“We perform the procedure through a small incision using local anesthetic to numb the area. Our patients are fully alert the entire time. Using ultrasound to ‘see’ we’re able to target the exact location of the painful scar tissue. Once located, we use a tiny instrument–about the size of a toothpick–to deliver ultrasonic energy that is specifically designed to break up and remove the damaged tissue safely and quickly. It’s so precise, we’re able to do this without disturbing healthy tissue and the incision is so small, it doesn’t even require a suture or stitches to heal.”
Who Can Benefit from the Tenex Health TX™ Tendonitis Procedure?
Anybody who suffers from or has been diagnosed with tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, jumper’s knee, gluteal hip pain or Achilles tendonitis may benefit this procedure.
At Radiology of Indiana, our expert interventional radiologists can assess your case and help you come to a decision on whether this is the right treatment route for you. If you do choose this route, you can be assured that our highly experienced practitioners have already achieved outstanding success for our patients through this state-of-the-art technique.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Tenex Health TX™ Tendonitis procedure covered by my medical insurance?
This procedure is covered by the majority of insurance providers and by Medicaid. It requires just 20 minutes as an outpatient yet the results are highly positive and lasting. To discover more about how it could help you, simply get in touch with our expert team today.
What Will My Recovery Be Like?
You will receive instruction specific to your recovery based on your condition, work and lifestyle. Here’s what a typical patient experiences:
For about two weeks, a brace or boot will stabilize the joint that has been treated, and it’s recommended that you don’t perform any weight-baring exercise or activity during this time. After that, recovery is typically complete, without prolonged medication or physical therapy required.