Tenex Specialist

Alpine Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine located in Bozeman, MT

Injury or damage to your tendons can cause significant pain and greatly impact your physical performance. At Alpine Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Tony Stark, DO, offers Tenex, an innovative, minimally invasive treatment for chronic tendon pain. Located in Bozeman, Montana, the practice commits itself to eliminating pain and helping patients get back to their normal routine. To learn more about Tenex, call or request your appointment online today.

Tenex Q & A

What causes chronic tendon pain?

Chronic tendon pain can have a major impact on your physical performance and overall quality of life. Chronic tendon pain refers to symptoms that last longer than six weeks. In most cases, chronic tendon pain has a link to overuse. 

Repetitive motions can cause damage to your tendons over time, resulting in inflammation and small tears in the tissues. Many people with chronic tendon pain experience symptoms like stiffness, tenderness, and pain that increases with activity. 

Treatments like over-the-counter pain relievers, physical therapy, and RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) are common ways to address tendon pain, but they aren’t always effective. 

Tenex is a cutting-edge treatment for chronic tendon pain that hasn’t responded to other conservative treatments. 

What is Tenex?

Tenex is a minimally invasive procedure that uses ultrasonic technology to break-up and remove damaged tissue. The procedure allows your doctor to target precise areas of tissue damage and eliminate the source of your chronic tendon pain. 

Tenex is an effective solution for tendon damage throughout the body, especially in areas like the elbow, hip, knee, ankle, and foot. 

What should I expect from the Tenex procedure?

Tenex is an outpatient procedure that requires minimal downtime. The specialists at Alpine Orthopedics and Sports Medicine perform the Tenex procedure in their office, at their on-site surgical center, or the hospital.

Before the procedure, your doctor performs an ultrasound to visualize and locate the area of your tissue damage. They then administer a local anesthetic to minimize any pain or discomfort. 

Your doctor then makes a small incision and inserts the Tenex ultrasonic tool to break down and remove your damaged tissue. The incision is so small that it doesn’t require stitches, so your doctor finishes the procedure by applying a small adhesive bandage. 

You can return home immediately following the procedure. Unlike more invasive surgical options, the recovery time for the Tenex procedure is short, typically 4-6 weeks. 

Am I a good candidate for Tenex? 

Tenex is appropriate when all other attempts at conservative treatment garner no results. To determine if you’re a good candidate, your doctor performs a thorough evaluation, including a physical exam, a review of your medical history, and imaging tests. 

Alpine Orthopedics and Sports Medicine offers a number of on-site diagnostics to conveniently and accurately determine the extent and location of your tendon damage. 

Tenex is a safe and innovative procedure that can free you from chronic pain. To learn more, book your appointment by phone or online today.