Electrodiagnostic Testing in New York
The Leading Pain Relief Provider in Syracuse, Camillus & East Syracuse, NY
Back pain affects 31 million Americans in their lifetime—that’s
nearly 1 in 10 Americans who will have to deal with back or spine pain
at some point. Back pain is one of the most commonly-cited reasons for
missing work, for visiting the doctor, and for claiming disability. Unfortunately,
back / spine pain is a broad area of treatment—pain could be a muscular
issue, a skeletal problem, or an issue with the nervous system.
At New York Spine & Wellness Center, our Syracuse spine pain doctors
have been reducing and eliminating patients’ pain for over 16 years.
Our board certified pain medicine specialists utilize state-of-the-art
methods in order to diagnose and treat pain disorders of all kinds, particularly
involving the spine or back. Proper diagnosis not only provides patients
with answers regarding their pain, but it offers a clear solution. For
patients who have been struggling with pain for years, diagnosis can almost
be as important as pain relief.
If you haven’t been able to discover the source of your pain, don’t
let it stay a mystery—let our New York pain doctors utilize minimally-invasive
diagnostics to get you answers. Call (315) 552-6700.
Our laboratories are accredited with the American Association of Neuromuscular
& Electrodiagnostic Medicine.
What Is Electrodiagnostic Testing?
Electrodiagnostic testing utilizes electrical signals to test the integrity
of your muscles and nerves. The term refers to a wide variety of specialized
tests, but the primary tests we use are the electromyogram (EMG) and the
nerve conduction study (NCS).
An EMG measures the electrical activity of muscles both at rest and when
they are contracting. Muscle inflammation and pinched nerves will reveal
themselves through an abnormal EMG reading. The EMG has been in use for
more than 50 years, and it requires the insertion of a small needle in
the arm, leg, neck, or back based on the symptoms the patient is experiencing.
Nerve Conduction Study
An NCS detects how effectively a nerve sends and receives signals from
the spine. Carpal tunnel syndrome and other nerve disorders are discovered
through an NCS. This test involves placing electrodes on your skin. The
examiner will then administer a small electrical current which will cause
your nerves to fire. While the charge is small enough to cause no damage
to your body, it allows the physician to see how well your nerves are
Our centers provide other diagnostic procedures, such as:
Diagnostic injections — Procedure that precedes spine or joint injections that relieve pain.
Provocative discography — Test used to confirm a disc as the source of a patient’s pain.
We have centers in
East Syracuse, and
Camillus. Call our New York back doctors at (315) 552-6700 to learn more.