S Jeff Bray, DPM

April 4th, 2014

Over 10 million people suffer from chronic tendon pain. Pain, stiffness and/or inflammation around the tendon are caused by trauma often as a result of a hit, pull or twist on the joint during work or play. Debilitating pain and limited range of motion inhibit individuals from participating in everyday motions and activities. When facing an open surgical procedure to relieve the pain, many patients choose to live and work around the pain for years.

Initial treatment for tendon pain includes rest, stretching, ice, medication and/or steroid injections. When conservative therapies fail to provide relief, open surgery has been the next option. Fortunately, there is now a less invasive option that offers many benefits.

Tenex is a minimally invasive procedure. The advanced technology was developed in collaboration with the world renowned Mayo Clinic and combines sophisticated ultrasound imaging to identify damaged tissue. Once the treatment area is located with ultrasound, a small MicroTip is inserted into a tiny incision, approximately 5mm. The MicroTip delivers ultrasonic energy that accurately and specifically removes the damaged tissue without disturbing the surrounding healthy tendon tissue. Some of the many benefits of this advance treatment include: almost immediate relief from pain, quick return to normal activities, local anesthetic at the site rather than general anesthesia, no suture or stitches, minimally invasive and covered by most insurance companies. With Tenex, we are able to treat patients earlier in the pain process so they do not have to suffer from pain and try to live with pain long term.

Patients are reporting tremendous pain relief and are able to return to normal activities quickly. This innovative treatment is the optimal solution for tendon injuries such as tennis elbow, golfer’s knee, jumper’s knee, Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis. Typically, the treatment itself takes less than 20 minutes. Most patients are able to return to their normal activities within two to six weeks. Your surgeon will provide specific instructions based on your condition, work and lifestyle. In most cases, you will not need physical therapy or medications prior to resuming normal activities.

If you suffer from tendon pain in the shoulder, elbow, knee, ankle or foot, there is now an alternative to traditional open surgery. Here at Pocatello Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Institute the goal of any treatment plan is to reduce pain, restore function and prevent further injury. We commonly recommend the most conservative treatment options to alleviate pain and suffering. Dr. Anthony Joseph and I are the only physicians in southeast Idaho currently offering the Tenex Health TX procedure, the most technologically advanced treatment option for tendon injuries in the region.