Chronic tendinopathy (tendon pain) can limit your activities and take months to years to heal. You don’t have to live with the pain. Learn about new innovative treatment options that can get you back to your sporting activities.
What Is Chronic Tendinopathy?
Tendinopathy is a broad term used to describe pain in and around your tendons. It happens when tendon tissue (which attaches muscle to bone) is damaged and can be caused by:
- Trauma, such as a direct impact or fall
- Age-related wear and tear
- Arthritis or other inflammatory disease
Overuse of your tendons from activities that require repetitive motions, such as working on a computer or playing sports, is the most common cause of chronic tendinopathy (tendon pain that lasts longer than six months.)
Chronic Tendinopathy Symptoms
With overuse, your injuries are often small and can’t be felt right away. And often a person will continue the motion without knowing they’re causing further damage. Over time, your body will begin to give you signals including:
- Pain when exercising, moving or touching the area
- Dull ache when you are at rest or sleeping
- Limited range of motion
If your chronic tendinopathy is caused by a trauma, you’ll experience more immediate symptoms.
How Is Chronic Tendinopathy Treated?
Depending on your circumstance, your doctor may recommend at-home remedies such as rest, applying ice or heat to the injured area, or analgesic medications. Physical therapy may also be considered to help improve functionality.
If these methods don’t provide you enough relief, arthroscopic or traditional open surgery on your injured tissue would have been the next steps. But, thanks to newly developed technologies and procedures, you now have alternatives to surgery that are equally or more effective.
Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy for Chronic Tendinopathy
Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy is an outpatient, nonsurgical procedure. During the therapy, your blood is drawn and placed in a machine that separates out the platelets. Guided by an ultrasound machine your doctor will then inject the platelet-rich plasma directly into your tendon.
Tenex Health TX® System for Chronic Tendinopathy
Tenex Health TX® System is a non-surgical tool that uses ultrasound imaging to help your doctor pinpoint your damaged tissue and remove it, leaving your healthy tissue intact. It requires only local anesthesia, no stiches and a fraction of the recovery time compared to surgery.
Emory Sports Medicine Center can offer you these innovative procedures and decide which one is right for you if more conservative treatments aren’t working. Would you like to learn more?
About Dr. Maturner
Dr. Ken Mautner is Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Department of Orthopedic Surgery At Emory University in Atlanta, GA. He is board certified in PM&R with a subspecialty certification in Sports Medicine. He is the Director of Primary Care Sports Medicine at Emory and Fellowship Director for the ACGME accredited Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship. Dr. Mautner is co-editor of the Atlas of Interventional Musculoskeletal Ultrasound. He has been using Musculoskeletal U/S in his practice since 2007 for and has been teaching courses around the country since 2009. In addition, He is considered a leader in the field of Orthobiologics treatment for chronic soft tissue and joint disorders. Dr. Mautner also serves as Team Physician for Emory University, Agnes Scott College, Pace Academy, and a Consulting Physician for Georgia Tech Athletes.