Tendon Pain Relief

Learn about this minimally invasive procedure.

Tendon Pain Relief

CHI Health offers a minimally invasive procedure designed to precisely break down and extract damaged tendon tissue.

Since the surrounding healthy tissue is not disturbed, patients enjoy less discomfort and quicker recovery times versus traditional open surgical procedures. It achieves the same goal as open surgery, but is minimally invasive and performed using a local anesthetic. The procedure is performed in a nonsurgical setting, such as a physician’s office or an outpatient surgery center. Most patients return to normal activities within 2-6 weeks.

To Be Eligible, Patients Must Have the Following:

  1. Chronic pain for more than three months at the affected joint and have not responded to conservative medical treatment (i.e. rest, ice, brace, physical therapy).
  2. Point tenderness. This is determined by asking the patient to point with one finger, locating the maximum point of tenderness.
  3. Ultrasound confirmation as stated by a physician.

Advantages of this Procedure:

  • Minimally invasive outpatient procedure
  • Ultrasound guided procedure performed by an interventional radiologist
  • Treatment takes 20 minutes or less
  • Performed with local anesthetic
  • Quick recovery time

Relief for Tennis Elbow, Golf Elbow, Plantar Fasciitis and Achilles Pain

No matter how long you’ve had it, pain from Tennis Elbow, Golf Elbow, Achilles tendon and Plantar Fasciitis can keep you from the activities you enjoy. If this pain is relatively new, your doctor may refer to it as tendonitis. He or she may offer you remedies such as rest and ice or even cortisone injections.

When is Tendon Pain a Serious Condition?

If this pain lasts more than three months, it is actually diagnosed as Chronic Tendon Disease.

Tendonitis is a short-term inflammation of a tendon that causes pain, while chronic tendon disease is a persistent condition characterized by degeneration of tendon tissue without inflammation. It is caused by repetitive motions creating micro tears, or tiny breaks that require a higher level of intervention.

Recommended Treatment Options for Tendon Pain

These treatment options vary in effectiveness and speed.

Rest: Pain will eventually get better with rest, but it may take a year or more to recover, with significant restriction on normal daily activities.

Medication: Anti-inflammatory drugs or cortisone injections manage pain and swelling. However, these medications are intended to control the pain but not necessarily address the cause of pain.

Physical Therapy: Used in conjunction with rest, medication, surgery, or physical therapy may help to restore strength and range of motion.

Open Surgical Procedure: Used to remove damaged tendon tissue, surgery has been found to be beneficial in reducing pain. However, it is accompanied with potential side effects of general surgery, unintended damage to surrounding muscle and tissue, and a lengthy recovery period with restricted activity.

Find Out if You are a Candidate

Ask your physician to schedule a consultation or call (402) 717-8146 to see if you are a candidate.