Tendons are the tough, flexible bands of tissue that connect your muscles to the bones in your joints, working together to allow all the twisting, gripping, grabbing, bending and lifting in your busy life. But repetitive pounding motions can cause microscopic tears every time you use your tendon. As you keep at it, these micro tears do not have time to heal properly and, unless treated, can get worse, making you suffer for months or years. This condition is often called simply tendinitis (tendon inflammation), but usually is actually tendinosis, tendon tissue that has simply broken down from the overuse and micro tears.
It’s impossible to ignore the pain…and you shouldn’t. Tendon injuries need attention. Sometimes, rest, therapy and a change in activities may ease the pain…but often the damage is permanent, and only gets worse.
We talked to Dr. Jeffrey Elbich, who said, “The majority of the time, tendon pain goes away on its own with time, rest and ice – and reducing the activities that brought the pain in the first place. However, if the pain lasts more than 3 months, medical research suggests that it is unlikely to go away on its own.”
“If you’ve had pain more than 3 months and you’ve tried all the home remedies with no relief, you may be a good candidate for image guided tendon treatment,” continued Dr. Elbich.
If you’re frustrated with chronic tendon pain or have tried multiple treatment options, our image-guided tendon treatment – also called percutaneous tenotomy or fasciotomy – could be the treatment you need for rapid pain relief. Unlike other medical or physical therapies, this procedure safely removes the cause of the pain at the source, and unlike many traditional surgical procedures, it is far less invasive, requires far less recovery time – and has a much higher success rate.
The treatment requires only a local anesthetic and a tiny incision, and is virtually pain-free. We use a targeted application of ultrasound energy to break down the damaged tendon tissue while leaving surrounding healthy tissue untouched.
We then use an FDA-cleared device to remove the damaged tendon tissue. You don’t even need stitches. The entire treatment takes about 20 minutes.
You may be asking if image-guided treatment is right for you.
If you answer yes to these questions, it may be time to discuss our image-guided tendon treatment.
- Have you given up any activities due to tendon pain?
- Have you been suffering for three months or longer?
- Have you taken multiple steps to get rid of your pain without lasting success?
- Are you tired of masking the pain or enduring it rather than treating it at the source?
Call us at (804) 828-2600 to discuss whether image-guided treatment is the right option for you.