Nerve Conduction Studies

RTM Physiatry & Psychiatry -  - Pain Management

RTM Physiatry & Psychiatry

Pain Management & Physical Rehabilitation Specialists located in Jamaica, NY

Many painful conditions are due to damage or disease affecting the nerves, including carpal tunnel syndrome and sciatica. If you have symptoms of nerve dysfunction, Thresiamma Mathew, MD, and Terry Mathew, MD, of RTM Physiatry & Psychiatry, use nerve conduction studies and electromyography at their New York City office in Jamaica, Queens, to find out which nerves are causing your problems. To find out more and schedule a consultation, call RTM Physiatry & Psychiatry today or book an appointment online.

Nerve Conduction Studies Q&A

What are nerve conduction studies?

Nerve conduction studies or nerve conduction velocity (NCV) tests are diagnostic procedures that check how well your nerves are working.

Your provider at RTM Physiatry & Psychiatry uses a safe electrical current to trigger a nerve response and records the outcomes. The test shows how quickly and efficiently your nerves are responding in areas where you’re experiencing symptoms of nerve damage or dysfunction.

When performing nerve conduction studies, you usually undergo a similar test called an electromyogram (EMG) at the same time. EMG is a way of measuring electrical signals in your muscles to see if they’re working properly.

How do nerve conduction studies help with diagnosis?

Nerve conduction studies provide important information about problems with your nerves, which communicate using electrical impulses. Your brain and spinal cord (central nervous system) send signals to your nerves, which then forward specific instructions that tell your muscles what to do.

EMG and NCV tests measure the strength and speed of the nerve response in particular areas of your body, helping to identify the nerves that aren’t functioning as they should. Poor or faulty nerve function can cause:

  • Pain
  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Weakness
  • “Pins-and-needles” sensations
  • Loss of function

In some cases, these symptoms are due to your nerves not receiving the messages from your central nervous system. In others, the nerves are failing to send the right messages to your muscles. Faulty nerves can also send pain signals to your brain when you haven’t suffered any injury or become oversensitive to touch and temperature.

What might nerve conduction studies help diagnose?

Nerve conduction studies can help RTM Physiatry & Psychiatry diagnose peripheral neuropathy, neuralgia, pinched nerves, and conditions such as:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease
  • Sciatica
  • Cervical and lumbar radiculopathy
  • Guillain-Barré syndrome
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease)

When your provider confirms the cause of your symptoms, they can design a personalized treatment plan for you.

To find out more about nerve conduction studies and how they could benefit you, call RTM Physiatry & Psychiatry today or book an appointment online.