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.