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Physician Credentials 

  • Board Certified: American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine (ABEM)
  • Board Examiner: American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine (ABEM)
  • Presenter/Expert: American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM)

What should you expect from an electrodiagnostic consultation?

Clinical correlation

EMG reports often seem like a set of confusing numbers.  At Spine & Sports Physiatrists, the electrodiagnostic examination is designed around careful clinical evaluation, leading to a differential diagnosis.  Both neurological and potential orthopedic conditions are considered.  The EMG results are then correlated to produce a clinically relevant conclusion.  The results answer your clinical question.

Meticulous technique

Most EMGs test the same nerves and muscles every time.  At Spine & Sports Physiatrists, the examination is individualized to the patient’s complaints.  No two EMGs are alike.  Details such as limb temperature and electrode placement are accounted for, as they profoundly influence the collected data.

Quick report turnabout

At Spine & Sports Physiatrists, we will make every effort to have your patient seen within a week of their appointment phone call.  Preliminary test results are faxed the same or next day, allowing you to move the patient forward in their treatment course.

When should you refer your patients for electrodiagnostic consultation?

An EMG test should be performed for the following clinical questions:

  • Why is my patient having numbness, tingling or weakness?
  • Does my patient have peripheral polyneuropathy?  How advanced is it?  Is it treatable?
  • The MRI shows widespread pathology.  Is there a serious radiculopathy?
  • Prognostic information for nerve injury…
    • Is further recovery expected?
    • Can strengthening of weak muscle be safely performed?

What types of conditions can be detected with EMG/NCS?

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome and other peripheral nerve injuries
  • Traumatic nerve injuries
  • Sciatica and radiculopathy
  • Polyneuropathies
  • Muscular dystrophies and other myopathies
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and related diseases
  • Myesthenia gravis and related diseases 

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