Dr. Anthony Joseph of Sports and Orthopedic Acute Care, 110 Vista Drive, is the only Sports Medicine Specialist in Idaho to use ultrasound to guide Tenex Health procedures on patients with joint issues and MANOS for carpal tunnel problems.
“They’re both tied to using ultrasound,” Dr. Joseph said.
The doctor said because of advancements in computer technology and the ability to produce high-resolution ultrasound imaging, surgeons can enter a damaged elbow or hip joint and pinpoint problems through a small opening. This allows for is a minimally invasive treatment option for tendon and soft tissue injuries, such as tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, jumper’s knee, Achilles tendonitis, and plantar fasciitis.
“I am extremely pleased with the results I am seeing in my patients who have been treated with Tenex Health TX,” says Dr. Joseph. “They have reported experiencing a nearly painless treatment, a quick recovery, and lasting pain relief. I believe this new option will become a definitive treatment that removes the source of tendon pain.”
The procedure is performed using a local anesthetic to numb the area and patients are awake and alert the entire time. Dr. Joseph then inserts a MicroTip into the damaged area to cut, break down, and remove damaged tissue safely and quickly, without disturbing the surrounding healthy tendon tissue.
“We can do this here in the office,” Joseph said.
Because the Tenex surgery can be done at the acute care center, expenses to the patient are reduced.
“It takes about 10 to 15 minutes to do the procedure and patients go home with a band aid,” Joseph said.
The same ultrasound technology also allows Joseph to treat carpal tunnel issues in wrists. With an opening as small as 2.1 millimeters, Joseph can position a MANOS cutting device to release the carpal tunnel ligament.
Dr. Joseph, who was a team physician for Idaho State University for 18 years, received specialized training at the Mayor Clinic in Minnesota to learn the techniques necessary for ultrasound-assisted surgery.
“It’s made me a better physician,” Dr. Joseph said.
He said the older generation of people in their 50s and 60s want to remain athletically active and the use of less invasive surgery methods to repair tendon damage is the “next tool we use in the practice.”
“My typical patients are all active and they don’t want to give up their active lifestyles,” Joseph said.
The physician said he typically does about seven to 10 of the Tenex procedures each month since he began offering the option last September.
“It’s gotten to the point it’s very routine for us,” Joseph said. “And we’re the only ones to offer this procedure in Idaho.”
Dr. Joseph, who received his medical degree from St. Louis University Medical School, is the only member of the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine currently practicing in Southeast Idaho. He is also a member of the North American Spine Society since 2006 and the American Institute of Ultrasound Medicine since 2008.