Each year in the United States, approximately 10 million people suffer from severe joint pain due to damaged tendons, which limits their range of motion and keeps them from activities they love, or even from their livelihoods. Existing tendon treatments require either lengthy treatment or a long recovery, or simply mask the pain without treating the damaged tendon.
What is a tendon?
A tendon is a strong, yet flexible band of connective tissue that connects muscle to the bone in our joints. Tendons and muscles work together to create a pulling force that enables us to move our joints. This allows us to bend, walk, jump, lift, and move in many different ways. A healthy tendon makes this motion easy and pain-free. When tendons are damaged, movement in a joint can be very painful and limit the range of motion.
What causes tendon pain?
Tendon pain is caused by a number of factors including:
- Trauma – Damage to the tendon from a hit, twist, or pull on the joint
- Repetitive motion – Damage to the tendon from overuse in work, exercise, or activity
In each of these situations, the tendon tissue is damaged and is unable to operate at full capacity. This damaged tendon tissue will cause pain. If left untreated, this pain will become worse over time.
Common names for tendon pain include:
- Swimmer’s shoulder
- Golfer’s elbow
- Tennis elbow
- Jumper’s / Runner’s knee
- Achilles tendonitis
- Plantar fasciitis
A new solution
Tenex Health TX™ is a minimally invasive technology designed to precisely break down and extract damaged tendon tissue. The TENEX procedure is performed using a local anesthetic to numb the area – patients are awake and alert the entire time.
During the treatment, sophisticated ultrasound imaging is used to identify the location of the damaged soft tissue. Once located, a small MicroTip™ is inserted into the damaged tendon. The instrument delivers ultrasonic energy specifically designed to cut, break down, and remove damaged tissue safely and quickly, without disturbing the surrounding healthy tendon tissue.
Severe pain due to damaged tendon tissue limits the range of motion and keeps people from living an active life. Rest, pain medication, cortisone injections, or physical therapy address the pain, but not the damaged soft tissue, the source of tendon pain. An open surgical procedure removes the damaged tissue, but carries the risk of invasive procedures, including damage to the surrounding healthy tissue and lengthy recovery time, with restricted activity.
Unlike conventional treatment methods, TENEX replicates the goal of an open surgical procedure by removing the damaged tissue, but in a minimally invasive manner. The procedure usually takes 20 minutes or less and requires only a small adhesive bandage to close the micro-incision. Most patients return to normal activities within 2-6 weeks.