Tendonosis is abnormal tissue structure caused by repetitive injury that leaves the tendon weakened and more likely to tear or rupture. This type of condition can be caused by repetitive motions in sports (runners, swimmers, cyclists, etc.) or at work (those who are typing at a keyboard over and over).
Historically, treatments have included conservative approaches such as rest, medications, physical therapy, and injections; a more invasive treatment was surgery. More recently, a new treatment option has become available called Ultrasound Guided Percutaneous Tenotomy. Watch as Dr. Manalac and one of his patients explain this new minimally invasive procedure which removes diseased tendon / tissue to encourage re-growth of healthy tissue / tendon. Due to the minimal damage to the healthy tissue with this procedure, the patient may recover in weeks, compared to the months involved in recovering from surgery. This procedure is used to treat conditions, such as tennis and golfer's elbow, swimmer's shoulder, jumper's knee, patella tendonosis, plantar fasciitis, achilles tendonosis, etc.
Talk to your doctor to find out if this procedure is right for you. Dr. Manalac is a member of the Holy Cross Medical Group and is a board certified non-surgical Sports Medicine specialist with Holy Cross Orthopedic Institute in Fort Lauderdale, FL. For referral information, call 866-988-DOCS.