Non-Operative Spine – Elecrodiagnostic Testing
Electrodiagnostic testing is a state of the art method for diagnosing and treating illnesses of the nerves and muscles, including those in the spine. It can be difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of symptoms, but electrodiagnostic tests can determine with certainty what nerves and muscles are affected by symptoms including numbness, tingling, cramping, weakness, pain, and swelling.
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Wrist/Foot Drop
- Pinched Nerves
- Neuropathy (nerve disease)
- Myopathy (muscle disease)
- Disc Herniation
- Slipped Discs
- Spinal Stenosis
Types of electrodiagnostic tests:
Electromyography (EMG) – an EMG test used to test the function of nerves and muscles. Physicians insert a tiny, sterile, disposable needle beneath the surface of the skin, into the muscle to record signals that are generated. Physicians then analyze these signals and determine if the muscle or nerves supplying this muscle, are working properly.
Nerve Conduction Studies (NCS) – this test is used to assess the function of nerves, and identifies nerves that may not be working properly. Physicians stimulate the nerves then use surface electrodes to record the speed and size of the nerve potential generated. These impulses pass over the nerve while recording the nerve’s response at a different location.