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Tenex: How It Works and Who Can Benefit from This Minimally Invasive Procedure


What is Tenex?

Tenex is a state-of-the-art procedure developed to address chronic tendon pain. This technology utilizes ultrasonic energy to target and remove damaged tendon tissue without affecting the surrounding healthy tissues. It is particularly beneficial for individuals suffering from conditions such as rotator cuff injuries, tennis or golfer’s elbow, and runner’s knee.

How Does Tenex Work?

The Tenex procedure is performed using a device called the TX MicroTip, which emits ultrasonic energy. Here’s a step-by-step overview of how the procedure works:

  1. Ultrasound Imaging: The first step involves using ultrasound imaging to pinpoint the exact location of the damaged tendon tissue. This precise visualization ensures that only the affected area is targeted.

  2. Local Anesthesia: Once the damaged tissue is identified, the area is numbed using a local anesthetic. This allows patients to remain awake and comfortable during the procedure.

  3. Micro-Incision: A tiny incision, often no larger than a few millimeters, is made to allow the TX MicroTip to access the damaged tissue.

  4. Ultrasonic Energy Application: The TX MicroTip emits ultrasonic energy, which breaks down and removes the damaged tissue. This process is highly controlled and minimizes the impact on surrounding healthy tissues.

  5. Healing and Recovery: Because the procedure is minimally invasive and does not require stitches, recovery time is significantly shorter than traditional surgery. Most patients can expect to return to normal activities within 6-8 weeks.

Benefits of Tenex

Tenex offers several advantages over conventional surgical methods:

  • Minimally Invasive: The procedure involves only a small incision, reducing the risk of infection and minimizing scarring.

  • Quick Recovery: Patients typically experience a faster recovery time, often returning to their regular activities within 6-8 weeks, compared to 7-8 months for traditional surgery.

  • Local Anesthesia: The use of local anesthesia eliminates the risks associated with general anesthesia, and patients can usually drive themselves home after the procedure.

  • High Success Rate: Clinical studies have demonstrated a high success rate in relieving chronic tendon pain and improving function.

Who Can Benefit from Tenex?

Tenex is suitable for a wide range of individuals suffering from chronic tendon pain. Specific conditions that can be effectively treated with Tenex include:

  • Tendonitis: Inflammation, irritation, and swelling of the tendons often resulting from repetitive motions.

  • Tendinosis: Degeneration of tendon tissue due to chronic overuse or injury.

  • Plantar Fasciitis: Inflammation of the plantar fascia, causing heel pain.

  • Rotator Cuff Injuries: Damage to the tendons in the shoulder, leading to pain and limited mobility.

  • Tennis Elbow: Pain on the outer part of the elbow due to overuse of the forearm muscles.

  • Golfer’s Elbow: Pain on the inner part of the elbow, also due to repetitive use.

Is Tenex Right for You?

If you have been experiencing chronic pain in your shoulder, elbow, knee, or other tendons, and have not found relief with rest, ice, or over-the-counter pain medications, Tenex might be the right solution for you. This procedure is ideal for those looking to avoid open surgery and seeking a faster recovery time.

Before deciding on Tenex, it’s essential to consult with a specialist to evaluate your condition and determine if this procedure is the best option for your needs. At ProPeak Sports Medicine, experienced professionals can guide you through this process and provide personalized advice based on your specific circumstances.


The Tenex procedure represents a significant advancement in the treatment of chronic tendon pain. Its minimally invasive nature, combined with a high success rate and quick recovery time, makes it an attractive option for many patients. Whether you're an athlete dealing with overuse injuries or someone suffering from chronic tendon issues, Tenex offers a promising solution to restore your mobility and relieve pain.

For more information about Tenex and to see if it’s right for you, visit ProPeak Sports Medicine and schedule a consultation today.

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