Diagnosis and EMG
Often the best way to find the cause of pain or disability is to test the nerves in the affected areas. These evaluations, known as electrodiagnostic tests, uncover nerve injury or disease. The results will guide a patient’s rehabilitation program.
We are pleased to offer several types of electrodiagnostic testing:
- Electromyography, or EMG
- Nerve Conduction Study, or NCS
- Visual Evoked Potential, or VEP
- Somatosensory Evoked Potential, or SSEP
Our electrodiagnostic tests are offered without a hospital stay five days a week. We also provide inpatient diagnostic testing for hospitalized patients seven days a week. Same-day appointments are available for urgent and emergency situations.
Electrodiagnostic tests can help diagnose conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome and other disorders caused by compressed nerves; nerve damage related to diabetes; nerve injury from accidents and trauma; Lou Gehrig’s Disease or ALS; neuropathies from diabetes and other medical conditions; Bell’s Palsy and other cranial nerve disorders.
These tests are also useful for finding the underlying causes of back pain, such as herniated disc (slipped disc, pinched nerves).
Attending doctors may order inpatient EMGs for their hospitalized patients from ECU Rehabilitation Physicians via electronic medical records.
EMGs are offered at the Regional Rehabilitation Center. Outpatient EMGs are offered at the Rehabilitation Physician Clinics.
ECU Physicians Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine doctors are proud to offer services at these additional locations: