Our physicians will conduct a history, physical examination and complete neuromuscular assessment that will determine if there is a problem with your peripheral nerves and/or muscles. During the assessment several different specific tests may be performed including: nerve conduction studies, electromyography, repetitive nerve stimulation and single fiber EMG. Conditions often diagnosed include cervical and lumbosacral radiculopathies, carpal tunnel syndrome, foot or wrist drop, acute and chronic polyneuropathies, myopathy, facial neuropathy, myastheria gravis and amyotrophic sclerosis.
• Electromyography (EMG) – A recording of electrical activity of the muscle. Small, thin, sterile needle electrodes are inserted in several muscles and are monitored throughout the assessment. An electrodiagnostic physician looks at, listens to and interprets the electrical signals recorded from the muscle.
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• Nerve Conduction Studies (NCS) – A series of tests used to evaluate electrical conduction of the motor and sensory nerves of the body. An electrodiagnostic physician or certified technologist applies small electrical impulses or shocks to the nerve. Nerve potential recordings show how well electrical signals are traveling in the nerve. Electrical impulses used in these nerve studies cause a quick, mild, tingling feeling.
These two assessments provide a deeper look into muscle and nerve function. For example, nerve injury can be precisely localized and severity determined through EMG and nerve conduction studies. The patient may experience mild discomfort during the procedure and most tolerate the procedure very well.
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What types of patients do we typically see?
Patients with tingling, numbness, pain, and weakness typically involving but not limited to the arms and legs.
How long will a testing appointment take?
Typically, 60-120 mins. There are no side affects from the tests. After a testing appointment you can return to work and participate in activities like driving and exercising.
How should I prepare for the testing?
Shower to remove the oil from your skin, do not use body lotion or oils on the day of your test. Tell the physician or technologist if you are taking blood thinners, or have a pacemaker, defibrillator, bleeding disorder, HIV or hepatitis.
When will I know the test results?
Our physicians will go over your results once testing is complete and send the results to your referring physician for continuation of care.
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