Among the first doctors in the country trained on TENEX HEALTH TX™, Dr. Ellis discusses the successful results seen in his patients.
Currently, over 10 million people in this country suffer from chronic tendon pain, which, besides hurting, limits their range of motion and prevents them from living their active lives. Common treatment options include rest, stretching and ice as a first treatment. Next, pain medication addresses the pain but not the source of the pain. Physical therapy is often ordered to help improve range of motion and strength. Finally, an open surgical procedure can be explored to remove the damaged tissue. This carries the risk of invasive procedures, which may cause damage to the surrounding healthy tissue, may result in a lengthy recovery time and restricted activity.
Carey Ellis, MD, of Orthopedic Associates of Kankakee in Bradley is among the first specially trained doctors in this area to offer an advanced treatment option for tendon injuries—called the Tenex Health TX System. “I am extremely pleased with the results I am seeing in my patients who have been treated with Tenex Health TX,” says Dr. Ellis. “They have reported experiencing tremendous pain relief and a quick recovery. I believe this new option has the potential to become the curative treatment that removes the source of tendon pain and allows the tendon to truly heal.”
What causes tendon pain?
Tendon pain is caused by damage to the tendon by trauma from a hit, twist, or pull on the joint or by repetitive motion from overuse in work, exercise, or activity. In these situations, the tendon tissue breaks down. The damaged tissue causes intense pain, which dramatically affects people’s ability to function every day.
According to Dr. Ellis, Tenex Health TX is an optimal solution for tendon injuries such as tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, jumper’s knee, Achilles tendonitis, and plantar fasciitis. “Many of my patients lead very active lifestyles and therefore suffer tendon injuries. Prior to Tenex Health TX, they either had to live and work around the pain or take time off to recover. Tenex Health TX allows them to return to what they enjoy doing quickly."
Dr. Ellis also states, “Patients can eventually return to their normal daily activities, without the restrictions caused by pain from damaged tendon tissue, and lengthy recovery times.”
What can I expect during the Tenex Health TX treatment?
Tenex Health TX—medically known as Percutaneous Tenotomy and Fasciotomy—is a minimally invasive procedure that allows Dr. Ellis to remove the source of tendon pain quickly and safely. Tenex Health TX is performed using a local anesthetic to numb the area, and patients are awake and alert throughout the treatment.
During a Tenex Health TX treatment, conventional ultrasound imaging is used to identify the location of the damaged tendon tissue. Once located, the TX MicroTip delivers ultrasonic energy specifically designed to break up and remove damaged tissue safely and quickly, allowing the tendon to heal and eliminating the pain.
“After the procedure, I place an adhesive bandage over the tiny opening—sutures or stitches are usually not required,” says Dr. Ellis. “Typically, the treatment itself takes less than 20 minutes, and most patients are able to return to their normal activities within two to six weeks."
“I am excited about being able to provide a technologically advanced treatment option for tendon injuries here in the Kankakee County and South Chicago Suburbs that truly benefits my patients. It is profoundly rewarding to see them really enjoying their lives—without pain. Tenex Health TX has made a world of difference for my patients.”
Call today to schedule your Tenex Health TX consultation at (815) 928-8050.