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I have elbow pain, what can I do about it?

Is elbow pain keeping you from simple everyday tasks like drinking coffee, lifting a bag or driving? Don’t let your pain keep you down.

At Stadia Sports Medicine, we are performing a revolutionary procedure that is changing the lives of our patients for the better.
Tenex Health TX offers a safe, quick, minimally invasive solution to relieve pain, restore mobility, and rapidly return
patients to their normal activities. The procedure is performed in less than 20 minutes, patients are awake and alert
throughout (only a local anesthetic is used), and no sutures or stitches are needed—only a small adhesive bandage is
required. Most patients are able to return to normal activity within 2-6 weeks. Call or write to us today for more
information about Tenex Health TX. Maybe it’s time to move forward and leave the pain behind.
Dr. Carlson was one of the first doctors in our area to be trained on this groundbreaking technology.

Tennis elbow is one of the most common types of tendon injury. Is your elbow pain interfering with your work, your play or simply living your life?

Are you silently suffering because you were previously told there is no other option for you but a major or invasive surgery with a long recovery?  Or perhaps you know that all the ice and stretching is not going to make your pain disappear?

If you have tried physical therapy, cortisone injections, medication, or just taking time to ice, stretch and rest and are still in pain, talk to us!  We have a solution that does not involve general or open surgery, may give you quick pain reduction and should have you back to enjoying the things you love in a few weeks to a few months.

We CAN help!

Stadia Sports Medicine practice offers Tenex Health TX™, a safe, quick procedure specially designed for those who are suffering from painful conditions associated with tendon damage, commonly referred to as pain in the rotator cuff, Tennis or Golfer’s elbow, Runner’s or Jumper’s knee, Achilles tendonitis or Plantar fasciitis.

The Tenex Health TX System is based on advanced technology developed in collaboration with the world-renowned Mayo Clinic.  It combines ultrasound imaging (which is also used to see a baby in the womb) to identify damaged tissue with the advanced TX MicroTip™ which precisely breaks down and removes only the damaged tissue that causes pain.  Removing the damaged tissue allows the tendon to heal and provides pain relief.  The Tenex Health TX procedure is not open surgery and can be performed in an office or procedure room in an outpatient surgery center.

Tenex Health TX benefits:

  • Quick pain relief
  • Rapid return to normal activities
  • Local anesthetic used instead of general anesthesia
  • No sutures, no stitches (requires only a small, adhesive bandage)
  • Minimally invasive, not open surgery
  • Covered by most insurances

We are here for you…

You don’t have to live with pain!  We are happy to discuss Tenex Health TX or any other option that may work for you.  Please call our office at 515-221-1102 to schedule a consultation.   You can also find more information on the procedure at

Q:  What is the recovery like from percutaneous tenotomy?

A: Following the procedure, patients are discharged to home with over-the-counter pain relievers usually adequate to control post-procedure pain.  Restrictions following this procedure are going to be individualized, but general guidelines are as follows:

  • Tennis/golfer’s elbow
    • Light activity for the first week
    • Begin gentle strengthening at two weeks
    • Begin more aggressive strengthening and lifting around four weeks post-procedure

Q:  What studies have looked at this treatment?

A: Summarized below are several studies looking at the effectiveness of percutaneous tenotomy for certain medical conditions:

  • Author: Koh, Joyce.
  • Condition: Tennis Elbow
    • 20 patients with chronic tennis elbow who had failed non-surgical treatment
    • Post-treatment guidelines:  Two weeks of activity modifications
    • Follow-up at 2, 4, 12, 24 and 52 weeks post-procedure
      • 19/20 patients were pain-free
      • No complications
      • Normalized appearance on ultrasound

Here’s a quick animation of how the procedure works:

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Tenex Health TX Video Animation of Procedure


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