Tenex Health TX® System Procedure: Everything You Need to Know
Are you suffering from chronic tendon or plantar fascia pain?
Tendinitis (or tendonitis) is a repetitive stress injury caused by use and overuse during activity resulting in the irritation or inflammation of the tendon. Even the most mundane of repetitive motions can create microtears in the tendon which can lead to chronic tendinopathy (tendon degeneration) when those tears do not heal properly. In some cases, this may cause the formation of calcification within the tendon, further increasing pain, resulting in plantar fasciitis or other tendon degenerative diseases.
Are you suffering from pain caused by a bone spur?
A bone spur, also known as an osteophyte or enthesophyte, is a bony formation that develops on normal bone, and these growths can press against, rub on, and eventually cause inflammation, wear and tear, and pain of the surrounding tissues. If a bone spur is the source of your pain, restricting use may help reduce symptoms, but the symptoms will usually return.
If you answered yes to either of these questions, you may be a candidate for a Tenex treatment.
The Tenex Health TX® System is a minimally-invasive, percutaneous procedure using ultrasonic energy to treat pain-generating soft and hard tissue conditions. This treatment is clinically proven to remove tendon pain for over 85% of patients1,2,3,4,5. If conservative approaches such as physical therapy, cortisone injections, medication, and downtime do not provide relief, Tenex may be your next option.
Using this technique, we help patients restore musculoskeletal function, may provide quick pain relief, and avoid invasive surgery and dangerous drugs. Tenex may also be effective if you have had a failed surgical procedure.
Patient benefits may include:
Rapid pain relief
Quick recovery and return to normal activities in 6-8 weeks (compared to 6 months or more with an open surgical procedure)
Typically performed with local anesthetic (no general anesthesia)
No sutures (requires only a small, adhesive bandage)
Does not disturb surrounding healthy tendon
Stimulates the body’s healing response in the tendon
Pain associated with a bone spur or bony prominence
How does Tenex Health TX work?
Heel pain is one of those issues that can affect most of what you do in a day and can be disabling. A common cause of heel pain is the Achilles tendon. What is the Achilles tendon? What is Achilles tendonitis? What are the different injuries? Is stem cell therapy for Achilles tendonitis a viable option?
Where & What Is the Achilles Tendon?
A tendon is a thick fibrous band of connective tissue that connects a muscle to bone. There are more than 30 million tendon and ligament injuries annually. The Achilles tendon, which is the thickest tendon in the body connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. It consists of the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles that unite to form a thick band that is immediately above the heel tab on your shoe. It enables the downward movement of the foot and bending of the knee.
Bone spurs, also known as osteophytes, are abnormal growths that can form along any bony surface in the body. They most frequently occur where tendons and ligaments attach to the bone. As a result, they are more commonly seen in large mobile joints that support weight, such as the hips, spine, ankles, or knees.
Surprisingly, most bone spurs are relatively benign but are a clinical sign of instability in the area. Research demonstrates that if a ligament has laxity, the constant strain at the insertion into the bone will elevate the surface of the bone, creating additional bone formation – this is known as a traction osteophyte.
Calcific tendonitis, also known as calcifying tendonitis, is a condition characterized by the formation of calcium deposits in a tendon, most commonly in the rotator cuff tendons of the shoulder. These deposits are not due to injury or trauma but rather occur spontaneously. Tendons, the thick connective tissues that link muscles to bones, aren’t usually calcified. However, in calcific tendonitis, calcium builds up in these tissues, which can result in inflammation and severe pain. This condition tends to occur more commonly in adults between 30 and 60 years old, and it’s more prevalent in women than in men.
Tendinopathy is a group of tendon disorders. The most common form of Tendinopathy is Tendinosis (1). Tendinosis is a degenerative condition that is characterized by collagen degeneration and micro-trauma in the tendon due to repetitive overloading. Gluteal Tendinopathy is a clinical condition in which there is moderate to severe debilitating pain due to injury of the Gluteal tendons. It is the most common Tendinopathy in the lower leg (2) and is more common in women (3). In most cases, physical examination alone is sufficient to diagnose Gluteal Tendinopathy. If symptoms continue despite conservative care, other studies may be warranted which include ultrasound and MRI.
Your hamstrings are the thick muscles in the back of your thigh that are responsible for the movement of your hip, thigh, and knee. The hamstrings are made of three distinct muscles: Semitendinosus, Semimembranosus, and Biceps Femoris.
What is Hamstrings Tendinopathy?
Tendons are thick pieces of connective tissue that connect muscle to bone. They function to transfer the force generated by muscle contraction into movement.
Hamstring tendinopathy, also known as a “calf strain,” is an injury to the affected tendon. It usually occurs when you bend your knee or extend your leg, putting too much force on the hamstring tendon….
Golfer’s elbow involves tears in the ulnar collateral ligament and pain or soreness on the inside of the elbow. The bony bump you feel there is the medial epicondyle of the humerus (upper arm bone). There are five forearm muscles that attach at this point, all of which are involved in helping to flex or rotate the forearm and wrist. Pain can get worse when you throw a ball, grip a dumbbell, turn a screwdriver, and other movements that involve the fingers, hand, wrist, and/or elbow. Tennis elbow is similar, however, it refers to the outside of the elbow, at the lateral epicondyle.
What is the Patellar Tendon? A tendon is a piece of connective tissue that connects muscle to bone. It serves to move the bone or a given joint. The patellar tendon is a major tendon in the knee. It is located at the bottom of the kneecap (patella) and stretches down to the shin. The patellar tendon enables you to extend your knee, kick, run, and jump. What is Patellar Tendinitis?
Patellar tendinitis is an irritation and inflammation of the tendon that connects your kneecap (patella) to your shinbone. Patellar tendinitis, also known as jumper’s knee, can affect anyone. The most common symptom is pain at the shin or lowest part of the kneecap…
Patellar tendonitis, or jumper’s knee, occurs due to small tears in the patellar tendon. It is commonly seen in individuals who frequently jump – hence the name – but can also occur in running sports or sports that require rapid changes of direction. Jumper’s knee is a condition that is frequently observed in the athlete population, but has a very good prognosis provided it is diagnosed and treated correctly. This post covers the symptoms, diagnostic tests, and treatment options for patellar tendonitis.
Your heel pain initially was mild and aching. It is now a constant forest fire at the base of your heel. Each morning you take your first step with great trepidation knowing that the searing pain is literally a step away. Medications, rest, and physical therapy have not helped. Your doctor is concerned and thinks you may have Plantar Fasciitis. What is Plantar Fasciitis? What are the symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis? What are the risk factors? Is Plantar Fasciitis simply inflammation? What are the treatment options for Plantar Fasciitis? What to do for Plantar Fasciitis so bad I can’t walk? Beware as not all heel pain is Plantar Fasciitis.
Your doctor will use image-guidance to identify and target the exact location of your injury (damaged tendon tissue, bone spur, and/or calcific deposit).
Removes the damaged tissue.
Following the identification of the pain generator, the area is numbed using a local anesthetic. After being numbed (which is comparable to a bee sting), many people say that during the procedure, they only felt a slight pressure (if anything at all). Your doctor then uses ultrasonic energy, applied with the TX MicroTip, designed to safely break down and remove the damaged tissue. This requires only a small incision into the target, diseased tissue, and it is effective for the elimination of degenerative tissue, leaving healthy tendons unharmed.
Requires no stitches.
After the procedure, your doctor will apply only a small adhesive bandage. Though you will likely be awake during the procedure (depending on what, if any, additional Centeno-Schultz procedures you receive on the same day), our safety protocols most likely require you have someone to drive you home afterward.
May offer rapid pain relief and faster recovery.
Following a Tenex Health TX procedure, many people are back to normal activity within 6-8 weeks and even less in some cases. The minimally invasive approach and targeted removal of the tissue mean there is less discomfort and minimal downtime when compared with open surgery. Your recovery timeline depends on the location and extent of the damaged tissue being treated.
VIDEO: Watch how your doctor uses Tenex Health TX to treat chronic tendon and plantar fascia pain:
The medical procedure called percutaneous tenotomy or percutaneous fasciotomy using the Tenex procedure is specifically designed for those suffering from painful conditions associated with chronic tendon or plantar fascia damage. It is also known as chronic tendinosis/plantar fasciosis or tendinopathy/plantar fasciopathy. For more information, visit www.tenexhealth.com.
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Patel M. A novel treatment method for refractory plantar fasciitis. Am J Orthop. 2015;44(3):107-110.