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Tests for Nerve Damage in Douglas, GA

Nerve Conduction Studies (Electromyography)

If you're experiencing muscle weakness, tingling, numbness, or other symptoms that could be related to nerve damage, Dr. Logan McCool at Southeastern Orthopaedics in Douglas, GA can help you get to the root of the problem. As a physiatrist with extensive experience in nerve conduction studies and electromyography, Dr. McCool is committed to helping his patients improve their function and regain their quality of life.

Dr. McCool's one-on-one approach to patient care ensures that each individual receives personalized attention and thorough evaluation to determine the best course of treatment. With a focus on restoring patients to full function, Dr. McCool offers a range of diagnostic and therapeutic services to help identify and address nerve-related issues.

Don't let nerve damage keep you from living your best life. Trust Dr. Logan McCool and the team at Southeastern Orthopaedics to help you identify the problem and get on the path to recovery. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and start your journey towards better health.


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Tests for Nerve Damage & Nerve Conduction Studies

Nerve Conduction Test on Legs and Feet

Nerve conduction studies (NCS) are a valuable diagnostic tool used to evaluate nerve function and identify potential problems. Here is a step-by-step description of what to expect during an NCS:

  1. Preparation: Before the test, a technician will clean the areas where electrodes will be placed. You may need to remove any jewelry or clothing that could interfere with the test.
  2. Electrode placement: Small metal discs, called electrodes, will be placed on the skin over the nerves being tested. You may feel a slight tingling or burning sensation as the electrodes are applied.
  3. Electrical stimulation: A small electrical current will be passed through the electrodes, stimulating the nerves and causing a response that can be measured by the technician.
  4. Data collection: The technician will measure the time it takes for the electrical impulse to travel between the electrodes, as well as the strength of the response in the muscles.
  5. Interpretation: Once the test is complete, the results will be interpreted by a physiatrist like Dr. McCool, who will use the data to help diagnose any nerve-related issues and develop an appropriate treatment plan.

Nerve conduction studies are a safe and effective way to evaluate nerve function and identify potential issues. If you're experiencing symptoms like muscle weakness, tingling, or numbness, an NCS may be able to help pinpoint the source of the problem.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I experience pain after nerve conduction tests?

It is common to feel some discomfort both during and after a nerve conduction study, but any pain experienced should be mild and temporary. Some patients report feeling a slight tingling or burning sensation in the area where the electrodes were placed immediately following the test. In rare cases, patients may experience some bruising or soreness in the area. However, most patients are able to resume their normal activities immediately after the procedure.

If you experience any significant pain or discomfort after an NCS, be sure to consult with your doctor to ensure that there are no complications or underlying issues that need to be addressed.

What’s an EMG? How does it work?

An electromyography (EMG) is a diagnostic test that is often performed along with nerve conduction studies to evaluate the function of muscles and the nerves that control them. Here's how the test works:

  • Preparation: Before the test, a technician will clean the skin and place small, disposable needles into the muscles that will be evaluated.
  • Recording: Using the needles, the technician will measure the electrical activity in the muscle both at rest and during voluntary contractions. The electrical signals in the muscle will be recorded and displayed on a monitor for the technician to analyze.
  • Interpretation: A physiatrist will interpret the results of the EMG, taking into account the amplitude, duration, and shape of the signals recorded. Based on this information, the doctor will be able to diagnose any potential muscle or nerve issues and develop an appropriate treatment plan.

While an EMG can be uncomfortable, most patients tolerate the procedure well. Some patients may experience some mild pain or discomfort during the test, but any discomfort should be temporary. If you have any concerns about the procedure or your reactions to it, be sure to discuss them with your doctor beforehand.

How long does a nerve conduction study take?

The length of a nerve conduction study can vary depending on the extent of testing required, but most studies take between 30 minutes and an hour to complete.

How can I get started with a nerve conduction study?

If you’re in need of relief, don’t wait any longer. Contact Southeastern Orthopaedics today and get the quality care you deserve. Our team of experienced providers is here to help you through the journey to recovery. You can contact us via phone at (912) 383-9789 or visit our office at 110 Shirley Avenue, Douglas, GA 31533.

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