Neurosensory testing is an innovative, non-invasive tool Franciscan Health physicians use to measure neuropathy. Neuropathy is a serious side effect of diabetes and early diagnosis makes a huge impact in care options.
Neurosensory testing (NST) is a state-of-the-art, accurate, painless, non-invasive tool which physicians use to measure the degree of neuropathy from its earliest onset. NST is currently offered through our Wound Healing & Prevention Institute locations in Dyer and Hammond.
Neuropathy is the lack of normal sensation that affects an extremity; this is most common in diabetics. It is also the leading cause of ulceration, infection, and with advanced cases, amputation. Since neuropathy is a progressive disease, the early detection that NST provides is vital. Quantitative somatosensory threshold testing, like NST, is recommended by the American Diabetes Association.
Neurosensory testing measures the pressure threshold felt in the skin. By applying pressure to the skin around a specific nerve, nerve damage can be determined by how much pressure is needed before the person feels the touch.
An individual with healthy nerves will feel a light touch. A person with nerve damage, particularly nerve damage caused by neuropathy, will require a greater pressure for the touch to be felt.