EMG Testing in West Palm Beach, FL
The Spine Center offers EMG (an electrodiagnostic technique), for patients with nerve compression syndromes and other neurological problems. The testing confirms whether or not there is a possibility of nerve damage. World-renowned neurosurgeon, Charles S. Theofilos, MD, recommends EMG testing for patients in West Palm Beach, Port St. Lucie, Palm Beach Gardens, south Florida and locations around the world.
What is EMG Testing?
Electromyography (EMG) testing is a diagnostic tool that helps Dr. Theofilos understand how well nerve signals are traveling through your muscles. The complete testing profile consists of multiple tests which are designed to evaluate different portions of the nerves of the arms and legs. The tests involve subjecting the nerves to an electrical impulse to assess how the nerves conduct signals. Electrodes are placed on the skin to record and acquire information, such as the speed the signal travels and the amplitude of the signal. These evaluations can determine whether the nerve is normal or shows signs of damage.
Do I Need EMG Testing?
Symptoms associated with necessary EMG testing:
- Radiating or non-radiating paresthesia – pins, needles, tingling, burning, numbness
- Radiating pain into extremities
What Does EMG Testing Involve?
Small electrodes are inserted into the muscles to measure nerve activity. The technician takes measurements while the muscle is at rest, as well as when you perform small contractions and movements. The nerve activity is displayed on a screen. The size and shape of the wave on the screen is indicative of how well your muscles respond to nerve activity. Dr. Theofilos evaluates the results of your test prior to providing a diagnosis and treatment options.
What Should I Expect After EMG Testing?
The tested muscles may feel tired and sore for a day or two. If you notice any increase in pain, weakness or other symptoms, contact us to schedule a follow-up with Dr. Theofilos.
What Happens During a Consultation for EMG Testing?
EMG testing allows for a comprehensive evaluation by Dr. Theofilos, and he discusses the findings during your consultation. The results of your EMG test may be combined with other diagnostic tests to determine an accurate diagnosis of your condition. You should expect the consultation to take one to three hours. The findings guide Dr. Theofilos’ recommendations for treatment.
After the appointment, we discuss the cost of your treatment. Whenever possible, we do bill medical insurance, but you may have some out-of-pocket costs or a treatment not covered. The Spine Center offers financing through LendingUSA®.
EMG testing is one of the advanced diagnostic tools used at The Spine Center to inform board-certified neurosurgeon, Charles S. Theofilos, MD, of neurological conditions affecting his patients. He recommends the test for men and women who experience specific symptoms in West Palm Beach, Port St. Lucie, Palm Beach Gardens and south Florida, as well as his international patients. To learn more about EMG testing, contact The Spine Center to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Theofilos.