Tendonitis is a common if debilitating condition that can strike people of all ages and that can take many forms, including tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, and patella tendonitis. Standard treatments for tendonitis include rest, ice and heat, and NSAIDs (like ibuprofen and naproxen).
However, frequently these conservative treatments fail to ease the pain, and patients may be referred to a physical therapist for rehabilitation, they may be fitted with a special brace, or given a steroid injection. Ultimately in cases of chronic pain, patients may be referred to a surgeon for either arthroscopic or open surgery. Recently, an alternative to surgery has emerged that can allow patients to return to normal functionality much more rapidly, with less post-procedure pain.
Tenex therapy is a new treatment that is non-surgical- the entire procedure can generally be done in under 20 minutes at the doctor’s office with the use of a local anesthetic (similar to that used for minor procedures at the dentist’s office).
The Tenex procedure utilizes ultrasonic energy to gently break down and removed the inflamed tissue that is the cause of tendonitis using a small instrument the size of a toothpick. After the procedure, there is no need for stitches – only a small bandage is applied.
Full recovery after the Tenex procedure involves the response of growth factors signaling chondroblasts to repair and regrow cartilage in the tendon. This generally takes just about 6 weeks, after which patients can expect to resume their normal activities. By comparison, recovery time after open tendon surgery can range as high as six months.
OC Regenerative Medicine is now able to provide the Tenex procedure to patients with many different types of tendonitis. Patients must be evaluated to assess whether they are candidates for the procedure.
If you are suffering from tendon pain and would like more information about the Tenex procedure, feel free to contact us through our web form or call our office at 949.247.8844.