Special neurological tests
Nerve pain can be the result of an injury (slipped disc, operation, spinal cord injury, CRPS), inflammation (multiple sclerosis, shingles) or some other affliction (Parkinson's disease, polyneuropathy).
Headaches are an extremely common type of neurological disorder. Among the many different kinds of headaches, migraines, tension headaches, facial pain, trigeminal neuralgia and cluster headaches are the most prevalent.
Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS)
Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is an innovative new method which uses a magnetic field to alleviate nerve pain in the head and certain kinds of headaches.
Quantitative sensory testing (QST)
This test measures temperature and sharp-dull discrimination and helps to both classify nerve pain and optimise treatment. Our centre is a QST-certified facility.
Laser-evoked potentials (LEPs)
LEPs provide information on the function of pain-conducting nerves and their paths to the brain. LEPs use a laser beam to stimulate the skin, and measure the reaction inside the brain by way of adhesive electrodes.
Contact heat-evoked potentials (CHEPs)
CHEPs provide information on the function of pain-conducting nerves and their paths to the brain. CHEPs use heat to stimulate the skin, and measure the reaction inside the brain by way of adhesive electrodes.
Caption: Laser Doppler imaging (LDI)
A weak electrical current is used to create a skin rash that is measured with a laser. This process makes it possible to determine the function of pain-conducting nerve fibres in the skin.
Structural changes to nerves can be detected with an ultrasound.
Thermal imaging displays changes in skin temperature caused by nerve damage.