In September 2014 I was experiencing pain in my left elbow. I went to my general practitioner who sent me for cortisone shots. The first two injections relieved the pain, but it would return and was gradually increasing. I added water therapy, physical therapy combined with laser treatments and I saw no improvement. All strength was gone from my arm.
I went for my third shot. This time, I experienced no relief and I returned to my doctor. He sent me to an orthopedic surgeon who told me that he could operate on my arm but warned me that this type of surgery, unfortunately, had only a 30% success rate. Since my arm was getting weaker and the pain was becoming excruciating, and I was desperate, I decided to go ahead and schedule surgery during the summer of 2014. I started wearing an elbow brace as well as a wrist brace until surgery.
Coincidentally, I was being treated by Dr. Kaplan for ongoing migraines. He saw me come in with both braces and talked to me about a procedure called Tenex Tenotomy. After going home and doing some online research I decided to forgo the tendinitis surgery and give Tenex a try. I had the procedure mid-June, rather than waiting until the summer. Dr. Kaplan explained that I should see some relief within three weeks.
I took two days off from work. I returned to work with the prescribed elastic arm band and finished out the school year. Within three weeks I noticed an improvement. I was about 85% pain-free. By the time school started in September, my arm was nearly at 95%.
It is now the summer of 2015. My arm is at 100%. All my strength has returned. I am careful with it. I limit carrying heavy objects, because I do not want anything to spoil what Dr. Kaplan was able to achieve with this procedure.
The Tenex procedure itself wasn't painful. He told me to expect some pressure. There was pressure but certainly it was not painful. It only lasted minutes. At least that is my recollection. After the procedure I completed the required physical therapy regimen that was prescribed.
I would recommend this procedure to anyone experiencing tendinitis and contemplating surgery. Going in, my feeling was I didn't have anything to lose. Worst case scenario, I would go and have the tendinitis surgery done at a later date.
I am so thankful to Dr. Kaplan for suggesting this procedure to me and for giving me back total use of my arm. It really was a miracle. I told the doctor I wanted to shout it from the mountain tops. Since Buffalo is mostly flat, I decided to write a testimonial instead.