Advances in Care
Mount Sinai neuromuscular disease services employs the latest advances in care, including:
- Autonomic function tests. The autonomic nervous system controls the function of many internal organs, including heart rate, the movement of the stomach and intestines, and modulation of blood pressure. Your doctor may order autonomic function tests if you experience dizziness or fainting or if he or she suspects you have a small fiber neuropathy. Learn about how Mount Sinai may use these tests to diagnose your condition.
- Botulinum toxin injections. Botulinum toxin is one of the most toxic substances in nature. However, when injected therapeutically in small doses, botulinum toxin is a safe and effective treatment for a variety of medical disorders. Learn how Mount Sinai uses botulinum toxin injections to relieve symptoms of dystonia, spasticity, and other motor disorders.
- Capsaicin patch. Mount Sinai neuromuscular physicians pioneered the use of the capsaicin patch in the treatment of painful neuropathies. Capsaicin is the substance in chili peppers that burns your mouth when you eat hot, spicy foods. When applied to certain painful skin conditions, it produces an initial burning sensation, followed by pain relief. A high-concentration capsaicin patch is now available for the treatment of certain neuropathies. Learn how Mount Sinai is using the capsaicin patch to treat peripheral neuropathy.
- Electromyography. Electromyography (EMG) is a test of nerve and muscle function. Your doctor may order an EMG if you experience numbness, weakness, or pain that could be related to a nerve or muscle disorder. Learn how Mount Sinai uses nerve conduction studies and electromyography to diagnose neuromuscular disorders.
- Evoked potentials. Evoked potentials measure your brain’s response to a sensory stimulus. Learn about the three main types of evoked potentials and how Mount Sinai uses these tests to evaluate your condition.
Talk to your physician about whether the above technologies may help you. For referral appointments, please call neurologists David M. Simpson, MD, at 212-241-8748, Mark A. Sivak, MD, at 212-241-7076, or Jessica Robinson-Papp, MD, at 212-241-8390.
David M. Simpson, MD
Mark A. Sivak, MD