Electromyography & Nerve Conduction Studies
EMGs and Nerve Conduction Studies have been the gold standard in electrodiagnostic medicine since the late 1960’s, and are invaluable to diagnose nerve damage, whether it be in the arms, the legs, or the spine.
First, a Nerve Conduction Study determines if all of the area nerves are firing, how fast they are firing, and if there is any blockage along the nerve path; this is especially useful in cases such as carpal tunnel syndrome. During the EMG that follows, a very small pin is used to probe the muscle that the nerve may be affecting, allowing us to determine if you have nerve damage, and whether it’s old damage or new. The EMG helps us to better predict the treatment program’s length and possible outcomes.
EMG’s and NCV’s are Critical for Workers’ Compensation Cases
If you have a Workers’ Compensation or Personal Injury claim, this test is vital as it gives absolute proof of neurological insult or damage. Even if you have a prior injury, we can determine whether or not the new injury has caused new nerve damage. A positive test can dramatically inform and affect your treatment program, outcome, and length.
EMG’s and NCV’s can give undeniable objective proof of injury to your nerves, which in Workers’ Compensation and Personal Injury cases is of the utmost importance – not only for your medical legal case, but also for your Permanent Partial Impairment rating if you are a Workers’ Compensation claimant.