Diagnostics – EMG, X-ray, & MRI
All locations have EMG, & X-Ray. MRI is at Crest Hill.
EMG (Electromyography) / NCV Testing
EMG and nerve conduction studies (NCS) are tests used to examine the health and function of the patient’s muscles and nerves.
Muscles generate small electrical currents that can be picked up and magnified by placing a needle electrode into the muscle and asking the patient to make a contraction. By capturing and analyzing the characteristics of muscle generated electrical signals valuable information is gained about the health of muscle and the nervous system.
The brain also generates small electrical charges that are sent down the spinal cord and out the peripheral nerves to various organs and muscles. Nerve conduction studies examine the flow of the electrical signal through the nerve. During the study a small external electric charge is sent through selected nerves and information on how the nerve conducts the current is recoded and analyzed.
EMG and NCS are used to help diagnose numerous medical conditions that affect nerves and muscles like pinched nerves (sciatic), compressed nerves (carpal tunnel syndrome), muscular dystrophies, and variety of neuropathies (diabetic neuropathies).
EMGs can be quickly scheduled at any of our clinics.
Evaluates bony structures ruling out pathology, fractures, and evaluates spinal and joint disease. All X-Rays are read by a Board Certified Radiologist.
Computerized Range of Motion & Muscle Strength Testing
This is used to objectively demonstrate soft tissue injuries. Testing provides objective measurements to expose any weaknesses or inflexibilities when comparing the left from the right sides. This data allows our physical therapists to customize a stretching and strengthening program and target the areas of concern efficiently. Impairments are based on the AMA’s “Guides to The Evaluation of Permanent Impairment,” fourth edition.
Magnetic Resonance Arthrogram
An MR arthrogram is a study used to enhance the internal anatomy of a joint beyond the standard MRI views, which might miss subtle internal derangements. The MR arthrogram is done in two phases.
- In the first phase a special MRI visible dye is injected into the joint. Our doctor uses a special kind of x-ray called a fluoroscope guiding the injection to ensure the dye is properly injected into the joint. The second phase follows immediately.
- The second phase consists of an MRI.
An MR arthrogram can be done to enhance the views of any joint, but they are most commonly done to examine the shoulder joint. Shoulder MR arthrograms are indicated for painful conditions such as impingements, rotator cuff tears, labral tears, or with symptoms of clicking or catching.