Tenex

Minimally invasive treatment helps patients return to normal activities

by Adam Colen, D.O., Sports Medicine Specialist

Tennis elbow. Golfer’s elbow. Jumper’s knee. They’re all forms of tendinitis—inflammation or irritation of a tendon (one of the thick cords that attach your bone to muscle). And whatever the name, the result is the same: pain or tenderness around a joint, including your elbows, shoulders and knees. 

What causes tendon injuries?

As the names suggest, tendon pain is often associated with athletes. But tendinitis is also common in people whose jobs or activities involve repetitive motion, from gardening and cleaning house to carpentry and painting. It’s most common in adults, especially those over 40 years of age.

In most cases, tendon pain can be successfully treated with self-care measures, including rest, ice and over-the-counter pain medication. If the pain persists, you may get relief from more advanced treatments such as physical therapy and steroid injections. And in the case of severe pain that doesn’t respond to other treatments, surgery may be recommended.

Now a new procedure for chronic tendon inflammation is available at Midwest Orthopaedic Center. It’s called Tenex Health TX™ and it can provide fast relief for stubborn tendon pain.

What is Tenex Health TX?

Tenex Health TX is a minimally invasive procedure that removes scar tissue that causes tendon pain. It generally takes less than 20 minutes.

We use ultrasound imaging to precisely locate the scar tissue causing your pain. Next we numb the skin over the area and make a tiny incision—less than ¼ inch. A needle-like instrument about the size of a toothpick is used to break down and remove the damaged tissue. Then we apply a small adhesive bandage over the incision and you’re good to go—no stitches required.

Tenex Health TX was developed in collaboration with Mayo Clinic doctors. Most people treated with it return to their normal activities in 4 to 6 weeks. Tenex Health TX is covered by most insurance plans.

Who should consider Tenex Health TX?

If you suffer chronic tendon pain such as tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow or patellar tendinitis (jumper’s knee), and other nonsurgical treatments have not helped, you may be a candidate for Tenex Health TX.

Please schedule an appointment to find out if Tenex Health TX is right for you. Contact Midwest Orthopaedic Center at (309) 691-1400.

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