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Electrodiagnostic Medicine Specialist

Neurology Diagnostics, Inc.

Adult Neurology & Electrodiagnostic Medicine located in South Dayton, Dayton, OH

Electrodiagnostic medicine is an invaluable tool that helps to determine the cause and location of neuromuscular problems. Joel Vandersluis, MD, of Neurology Diagnostics, Inc. in North and South Dayton, Ohio, is a fellowship-trained specialist in using electrodiagnostic medicine to diagnose and assess a range of neurological symptoms including neuropathy, numbness, and weakness. Dr. Vandersluis and his team provide the highest-quality electrodiagnostic medicine services with or without a consultation. Call Neurology Diagnostics, Inc. today to find out more or book an appointment using the online form.

Electrodiagnostic Medicine Q & A

What is electrodiagnostic medicine?

Electrodiagnostic medicine uses information gathered by measuring electrical activity in your nerves and muscles. With this information, the Neurology Diagnostics, Inc. team can diagnose and treat a range of neurological and neuromuscular conditions.

When your nerves are healthy and functioning as they should, they send signals telling your muscles what to do. If these signals aren't getting through properly, it can cause changes in the way your muscles function causing weakness, as well as changes in sensory nerves causing numbness or poor coordination.

With expert electrodiagnostic testing at Neurology Diagnostics, Inc., it's possible to isolate the nerves that aren't working properly. The team can then diagnose your condition and create an appropriate treatment plan.

When might I need electrodiagnostic medicine?

You might need to undergo electrodiagnostic testing at Neurology Diagnostics, Inc. if you have symptoms such as:

  • Numbness
  • Pain
  • Weakness
  • Tingling
  • Pins and needles sensation
  • Loss of mobility
  • Reduction of function
  • Paralysis
  • Spasms

These electrodiagnostic medicine tests help to identify the areas where your nerves aren't functioning correctly, which is an important factor in achieving an accurate diagnosis of your condition.

What conditions can be diagnosed using electrodiagnostic medicine?

Some of the conditions the Neurology Diagnostics, Inc. team can diagnose with information from electrodiagnostic tests include:

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease)
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Neuropathy
  • Pinched nerves
  • Guillain-BarrĂ© syndrome
  • Lambert-Eaton syndrome
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Polymyositis
  • Radial nerve dysfunction

Neurology Diagnostics, Inc. team members have fellowship training and extensive experience in carrying out EMG and NCV testing.

What's involved in electrodiagnostic testing?

There are two parts to electrodiagnostic testing:

Nerve conduction velocity (NCV)

During NCV testing, your provider delivers small shocks to your nerves using a precisely calibrated electrical current. The results illustrate the efficiency and speed of nerve function in your arms or legs.

Electromyogram (EMG)

Your provider at Neurology Diagnostics, Inc. inserts tiny electrodes into specific muscles to check muscle function. The EMG produces a readout to show the electrical activity in detail.

Electromyography (EMG) provides essential information about the health and function of your nerves and muscles. EMG is especially useful in evaluating weakness or tingling and in helping to diagnose problems like carpal tunnel syndrome.

You will need to perform certain movements during the exam, such as flexing your muscles. This enables your provider to measure the muscle activity in the area where you're experiencing symptoms.

It takes an average of 45-60 minutes to complete electrodiagnostic medicine testing. Mild discomfort is common, but you shouldn't have any lasting effects, and the team makes every effort to optimize your comfort.

You can arrange to have EMG and NCV testing done without having a consultation as well. Call Neurology Diagnostics, Inc. today to find out more or book an appointment online.