The new Tenex procedure provides patients suffering from chronic tendon pain a fast, easy and effective treatment option.
Chances are that if you enjoy running, playing tennis or generally have an active lifestyle, you have experienced tendon pain at some point. More than 10 million Americans suffer from tendon pain, and many times it is chronic tendon pain, defined as pain that gets worse over time or persists for three months or longer.
Tendon pain occurs when repetitive motions such as climbing stairs, swinging a golf club or jogging cause wear-and-tear, damaging the tissue surrounding the tendon and resulting in chronic tendon pain. This can be extremely debilitating, restricting the sufferer from ordinary activities such as shaking hands, stirring a pot or typing at a computer.
As a sports medicine doctor with over 15 years of experience treating athletes, I see tendon injuries often. It’s common that patients suffering from tendon pain are greatly affected by their injuries, but they are also hesitant to pursue treatment that might inhibit them from participating in activities they love.
A new non-surgical treatment called the Tenex procedure is a great option for individuals who are suffering from chronic tendon pain and have sought treatment options that provided little to no pain relief.
"I’ve personally treated hundreds of patients with the Tenex procedure without any complications and with excellent results."
Tenex procedure vs. traditional tendon pain treatments
Unlike other treatments that only alleviate scar tissue pain, the Tenex procedure actually removes the damaged scar tissue to eliminate the source of the pain. The entire procedure lasts less than 20 minutes and the steps are relatively simple.
- Patients are given a local anesthetic to numb the affected area.
- The physician finds the precise location of the damaged scar tissue via ultrasound imaging.
- A small instrument called the MicroTip uses ultrasonic energy to break up the damaged scar tissue and extract it without affecting the surrounding healthy tissue.
Typically, no stitches are needed and the patient is able to drive home within an hour of the procedure. The recovery time is rapid, with many patients returning to their normal activities within six weeks or less. Patients experience minimal downtime and less discomfort than there would be in a traditional open surgery that removes the damaged tendon through a large incision. The recovery time for an open surgical procedure can take up to six months or longer and patients are often required to restrict their physical activity.
If you’ve been frustrated with a lack of pain relief via other treatment options and are looking to get back to your normal activities as quickly as possible, the Tenex procedure may be right for you.