Most elbow pain can be contributed to two conditions commonly known as “tennis elbow” or “golfers elbow”. Contrary to their namesake, many people who suffer have never even picked up a tennis racket or golf club. Medically known as epicondylitis or tendonitis, this pain is caused by overuse and repetitive motion of the elbow or other parts of the arm or hands. This strain causes microscopic tears in the tendons causing swelling and pain. Repetitive actives that can cause elbow tendonitis include but are limited to: trade work (plumbing, carpentry, electrical work), knitting, typing, yard work, painting and cooking. Tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis is more common and affects the outside of the arm, while golfers elbow or medial epicondylitis affects the inside of the arm.
Once diagnosed, patients should try conservative therapies such as rest, ice, physical therapy, and corticosteroid injections. If positive changes are not seen with a few months, patients are eligible for a Tenex consultation. Consultations do not require a physician’s referral.
Tenex Health TX™ was designed in collaboration with the MAYO Clinic. Using ultrasound visualization, interventional radiologists pinpoint the exact location and specifically break-down and extract damaged tissue, leaving the surrounding healthy tissue undisturbed. Tenex Health TX achieves similar outcomes to open surgery, but is minimally invasive and can be performed under local anesthesia in a nonsurgical setting. Patients enjoy less discomfort and quicker recovery times versus traditional surgical procedures, with most patients returning to normal activities within 4-8 weeks.