The human body is an incredible powerhouse that sends information via electrical signals. Nerves and muscles create these signals so the brain can send them to activate the motor system. Everything from running, lifting your hand, chewing and every other action requires a certain amount of energy and electricity. When nerves and muscles are damaged these electrical signals are blocked or slowed down. If you experience pain, weakness lack feeling in some areas you may need to ask your doctor about electrodiagnostics tests. Some of the conditions that EMG testing can discover include: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome , radiculopathies (. pinched nerves in the neck or back), neuropathies (generalized nerve damage) among many others. There are two main tests utilized in most offices the first is Electromyography (EMG) which is the reading of electrical activity in the muscles. The other test is Nerve conduction studies (NCS), which allows the doctor to pinpoint the area where the nerves are damaged most. With the use of theses tests combined doctors can help patients find out exactly what they are suffering from and find the best possible solution.
A small number of studies have shown short term benefit from alcohol injections. However, the Centre has some concerns over the potential for injury and irritation to adjacent tissues as the alcohol cannot be isolated (unlike cryosurgery) to only target the neuroma. There is anecdotal evidence of increased pain from alcohol injections and there are documented complications (longer term nerve pain and sensitivity) which the Centre has not encountered from cryosurgery. Whilst the procedure has been offered in the UK it remains uncommon.