“Returning you back to work and to your favorite activities, with minimal down time and rapid recovery is the goal at Invictus Healthcare.”
~Dr. Keith Simmons, Neurology
Neurology is a branch of medicine dealing with disorders of the nervous system. A neurologist is a physician specializing in diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders.
At Invictus Healthcare we provide onsite neurology evaluation by the use of Electromyography (EMG) and Nerve Conduction Studies to help detect the presence, location, and extent of the diseases that can damage muscle tissues or nerves.
Why It Is Done
Whenever a muscle contracts in response to a signal from the brain, it also produces an electrical discharge of its own. When the electrical impulse is not performing properly there may be multiple problems. At Invictus Healthcare we use the Electromyography (EMG) procedure to measure these discharges made by the muscles. Our study of your nerve conduction measures how well nerves can transmit electrical signals helping us to detect the presence and location of the problem.
Electromyography (EMG) Helps To:
- Diagnosis diseases that damage muscle tissue, nerves, or the junctions between nerve and muscle
- Evaluate the cause of weakness, paralysis, involuntary muscle twitching, or other symptoms
- Detect and evaluate damage to the peripheral nervous system
- Identify the cause of abnormal sensation, such as numbness, tingling or pain
The Invictus Healthcare Patient Process
To prepare for testing, each patient is asked to tell their doctor of any bleeding problems or the taking of any blood thinning medications. They are also asked to tell their doctor if they are wearing a pacemaker or defibrillator, which may result in needing cardiac clearance. The patient is not restricted from food or fluids but is requested to not apply any lotion to their arms or legs the day of the test. Loose fitting clothing that permits access to muscles and nerves is requested for the testing. A hospital gown may be provided to put on if required.
The skin over the areas to be tested is cleaned with antiseptic solution. Testing requires electrodes and a thin needle attached by wires to a recording machine is inserted into the specific muscle to be tested. Patients may feel a brief, sharp pain each time a needle electrode is inserted into the muscle, and some find this uncomfortable. After the EMG testing, the patient could feel a sore or tingling sensation which may persist for a day or two. If the patient has a spinal cord stimulator, this needs to be turned off before the test can be performed. Test results require interpretation and will be given to the patient at their follow up visit.