HOW DO PHYSIATRISTS MAKE A DIAGNOSIS
Physiatrists use many innovative medical tools to assist them in diagnosing medical conditions that cause pain, weakness, numbness or disability. These tools include electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction studies.
Electromyography is an important tool used by physicians to evaluate for disorders of nerves and muscles. During an EMG, small wires are inserted into selected muscles to evaluate for abnormalities. This test, along with a nerve conduction studies, helps a PHYSIATRIST to diagnose and treat common disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome, ulnar neuropathy and radiculopathy (a herniated disc in the neck or back).
Nerve conduction testing is an important tool to determine the extent of damage to the peripheral nerves in the legs, hands and anywhere in the body. It also is used to evaluate whether progress is being made during treatment. This type of testing is used to diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome, a herniated disc in the neck or back and a variety of other nerve disorders. During the examination, the velocity and size of nerve impulses will be measured to determine if nerve damage has occurred.