How to get back in the groove after image-guided tendon treatment


Chronic tendon pain is often called tendonitis, tendinosis, runner’s knee, or tennis elbow. These are different terms for a condition that is common throughout the body.

Often when you have chronic tendonitis, you can easily pinpoint the exact location of your pain. Every time your dog yanks his leash, you step onto the next stair or you hammer a nail, you feel a sharp sting in one precise spot. This pain shouldn’t be ignored; tendons are important body parts that need attention when they are injured.

VCU Health at Baird Vascular Institute offers Image-Guided Tendon Treatment that has been proven to improve tendonitis in the elbow, shoulder, knee and foot, dramatically decreasing pain and improving overall functionality– all without the need for traditional open surgery or arthroscopic surgery. The highly effective treatment uses ultra-sound imaging and patented TX MicroTip technology to provide relief with less pain and minimal downtime. Unlike medicine or injections that mask the problem, this treatment eliminates it by removing the cause of your pain: the damaged and degenerated tendon tissue.

Once you’ve made the decision to go with image guided tendon treatment to alleviate your pain, you’re likely wondering how long it will be until you can return to normal activities. Because the surrounding healthy tissue is not disturbed, and no stitches are required, typical recovery is 6-8 weeks with image-guided tendon treatment though it may take up to three months for the treatment to take effect. That’s about a quarter of the recovery time compared to open surgery.

Here’s a timeline:

Minutes after procedure: Once your treatment is complete, you are permitted to go home. You may drive yourself if your doctor permits though it is likely that you will need someone to drive you home if you were given any sedation.

Days after procedure: You can take over-the-counter pain medication such as Tylenol® (you want to avoid NSAID pain relievers such as Motrin® or Aleve®) should you feel any discomfort; though many patients feel pain relief very quickly. However, always be sure to follow your physician’s instructions.

2 weeks after procedure: For at least 2 weeks after your procedure, you should not perform any weight-bearing exercises or activities. For your knee, ankle and foot, wear your walking boot for a minimum of 2 weeks.

6-8 weeks after procedure: You should be back to your everyday activities as normal in 6-8 weeks. Your individual results may vary, so talk to your doctor about what to expect.

We have an entire series of videos that describe the various patient questions surrounding image guided tendon treatment, so be sure to give them a look. When you’re ready to learn more and see us in person, call us at (804) 828-2600 to discuss whether image-guided treatment is the right option for you.


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