At the JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute (JRI), we offer a variety of specialized electrodiagostic studies performed by our experienced board-certified physicians in our central New Jersey facilities. Your doctor may order this testing in order to diagnose problems that may exist with your nerves or muscles. (Note: for evoked potential testing, electrocochleography, and balance testing, please visit our Audiology page).
JRI's diagnostic testing involves two parts:
- Nerve conduction studies (NCU's) are done by stimulating nerves and recording response.
- Electromyogram involves recording from muscles with s small electrode pin.
The testing has no major side effects. Nerve conduction studies and electromyography are combined and are used to test for a number of conditions: carpal tunnel syndrome, ulnar nerve injuries, radial nerve injuries such as a drop wrist, brachial plexopathics, personal injury such as a drop foot, tarsal tunnel syndrome, femoral nerve injuries sciatic nerve injuries, lumbosacral plexopathies, brachial plexopathies, generalized neuropathies, myopthaties or myositis myasthenia gravis, Bell's Palsy, cervical or lumbar nerve root problems, spinal muscle atrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, primary lateral sclerosis diabetic neuropathies, and weakness or numbness in the limbs.
This testing can help physicians make diagnoses, develop treatment plans and monitor patient progress.