Electromyography and Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
Pain Management Specialists need tools to see what is going on under the skin. Carolinas Pain Center uses Electromyography and Musculoskeletal Ultrasound.
When Would A Pain Specialist Use These Tools
Electromyography and Musculoskeletal Ultrasound allow a pain specialists to understand what is happening under your skin. Our bodies are a superhighway of nerves and skeletal structures allowing us to move and function. When we have pain that is a sign, something is wrong and these tools guide your pain specialist as to how they can best relieve that pain.
Why Use Electromyography (EMG)
Many diseases and conditions can affect the nerves of the body, resulting in pain. In order to study the nerve function, muscle reaction, and brain response to nerve stimulus, Carolinas Pain Center uses electromyography (EMG). EMG machines used by our trained specialists can determine the location of or level of damage to many nerves. This type of testing can be helpful in diagnosing conditions like Carpal tunnel Syndrome, one of the most common causes of hand pain, or help to narrow a diagnosis, determining exactly which nerves may be causing pain.
Musculoskeletal ultrasound uses sound waves to help our specialists diagnose and treat many conditions. Sound waves are sent into the body to render a clearer picture of joints and soft tissue. This type of ultrasound is unique in that it allows the practitioner to see inside the painful joints and tissues while they are moving, enabling a more accurate diagnosis and course of treatment. In a painful conditions requiring intervention, ultrasound will help the doctor visualize the nerves, muscles, tendons and bones during the procedure.