Testing for Pain, part 8

Continuing our blog series on “Pain”. Submitted by guest author, Kevin Samuels, Outreach Coordinator, Flowers Health: https://jflowershealth.com/

Imaging: Imaging tests provide detailed pictures of internal organs and activities inside the body. A doctor can use these tests to:

* Identify fractures or inflammatory changes in the bone
* Obtain details of a bone and surrounding structures
* Tell the difference between cancerous growths, infections, or fractures
* Identify nerve damage

X-Rays: Frequently used to diagnose fractures. A specific form of x-ray imaging, the arthrogram, may be used to check painful joint disorders.

MRI: An MRI scan uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of internal organs. MRI helps diagnose the following conditions.

* Chronic low back pain
* Fibromyalgia
* Osteoarthritis
* Chronic migraine
* Chronic pelvic pain
* Peripheral neuropathy (damage to nerves that lie outside the brain and spinal cord)

Electromyography: (EMG) An EMG helps diagnose disorders of muscles and nerves. It records electrical activity in the muscles. Thus it helps find out how electrical signals pass from nerves to muscles. A patient may need an EMG if they have numbness, muscle weakness, tics, or muscle pain.

Electromyography may be used to identify some conditions that can cause chronic pain, such as:

* Carpal tunnel syndrome
* Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
* Radiculopathy (pinched nerves in the spine)
* Muscular dystrophy (a genetic disorder that causes a gradual loss of muscle mass)

Nerve Conduction Study: (NCS) A nerve conduction study measures the speed with which electrical signals pass through a nerve. NCS is a valuable tool to identify:

* Carpal tunnel syndrome
* Herniated disk disease, which causes low back pain
* Abnormalities in the sciatic nerve

To confirm a diagnosis, a doctor may order both EMG and NCS at the same time.

JD Miller

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John D. Miller is the founder/owner of Home Care Partners, LLC, a Massachusetts business providing private duty, personalized in-home assistance and companion care services to those needing help in daily activities and household functions. Phone: (781) 378-2164 Email: [email protected] Website: https://homecarepartnersma.com

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