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Nerve Conduction Studies for Precise Neurological Diagnosis

Nerve Conduction Studies for Precise Neurological Diagnosis

Nerve conduction studies use painless electrical pulses to measure nerve function, aiding neurologists in pinpointing nerve damage and diagnosing neurological disorders with high accuracy. At Global Neuro & Spine Institute, Dr. Michael S. Slobasky, DO, DABPMR, and his compassionate team can diagnose and treat a wide range of neurological conditions. For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment online. We have convenient locations in Orlando FL, Jensen Beach FL, Malabar Palm Bay FL, Atlantis FL, Fort Pierce FL, Winter Park FL and Plantation, FL.

Nerve Conduction Studies for Precise Neurological Diagnosis Near Me in Orlando FL, Jensen Beach FL, Malabar Palm Bay FL, Atlantis FL, Fort Pierce FL, Winter Park FL and Plantation, FL.
Nerve Conduction Studies for Precise Neurological Diagnosis Near Me in Orlando FL, Jensen Beach FL, Malabar Palm Bay FL, Atlantis FL, Fort Pierce FL, Winter Park FL and Plantation, FL.

Table of Contents:

What is a nerve conduction study, and what does it diagnose?
How should I prepare for a nerve conduction study?
How is a nerve conduction study performed?
What should I expect during the procedure?
How long does a nerve conduction study take?

What is a nerve conduction study, and what does it diagnose?


A nerve conduction study is a diagnostic test that is utilized to measure how quickly electrical impulses travel through the nerves. This test helps to identify and diagnose nerve damage.

During the procedure, a nerve is stimulated using electrodes placed on the skin, and the resulting electrical activity is recorded by another electrode. The distance between the electrodes and the time it takes for the electrical impulses to travel between them are measured to calculate the speed of conduction.

Nerve conduction studies can diagnose a variety of conditions, including carpal tunnel syndrome, herniated discs, neuropathy, and sciatic nerve problems. This study is useful in detecting issues such as Guillain-Barré syndrome, an autoimmune disorder causing tingling or weakness in the legs, and inherited neurological conditions like Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, which affects sensory and motor nerves.

By identifying these conditions, nerve conduction studies help pinpoint the root cause of symptoms like tingling, numbness, and ongoing pain, allowing for targeted treatment plans to address the underlying nerve issues.

How should I prepare for a nerve conduction study?


Preparation for a nerve conduction study is generally straightforward. Patients will receive specific instructions from the providers at Global Neuro & Spine Institute. Typically, the study is ordered after a physical examination, a review of symptoms, and possibly other tests.

Patients should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing and arrive bathed and showered, avoiding lotions, creams, or perfumes on the skin, as these can affect the accuracy of the test. It is also important to inform the healthcare provider about any electrical medical devices, such as a pacemaker.

How is a nerve conduction study performed?


A nerve conduction study is performed with the patient either lying down or sitting comfortably. Electrodes are placed on the surface of the skin over the nerve or muscle being tested. One electrode delivers small electrical impulses to stimulate the nerve, while the other electrode records the resulting electrical activity.

Patients typically feel only a mild tingling sensation as the electrical impulses are sent through the electrodes. The study may be accompanied by an electromyography (EMG) test, which measures the electrical activity in the muscles. The nerve conduction study itself usually lasts between 15 minutes to an hour or more, depending on the number of nerves being tested.

What should I expect during the procedure?


During the nerve conduction study, patients can expect to feel mild tingling or a slight electrical shock as the nerve is stimulated. This sensation is usually not painful and lasts only a moment.

The procedure involves placing electrodes on the skin over the nerves or muscles of interest, and the patient will either lie down or sit comfortably throughout the test. The healthcare provider will measure the distance between the electrodes and the time it takes for the electrical impulses to travel, calculating the speed of nerve conduction.

The procedure is generally safe, and most patients can resume their normal activities immediately afterward. Providers at Global Neuro & Spine Institute will use the results from the nerve conduction study, along with other diagnostic information, to develop a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to the patient’s specific needs.

How long does a nerve conduction study take?


A nerve conduction study typically takes between 15 minutes to an hour or more, depending on the number of nerves being tested and the complexity of the case. The study is performed in an outpatient setting, and patients can usually continue with their day-to-day activities afterward.

The duration of the test can vary, but the procedure is designed to be as efficient and comfortable as possible. Following the nerve conduction study, the results will be reviewed in the context of the patient’s health and presenting symptoms.

The specialists at Global Neuro & Spine Institute will then devise a customized treatment plan based on the findings, aiming to provide swift symptomatic relief and improve overall health outcomes.

Early diagnosis and intervention are key to managing nerve conditions effectively, preventing further complications and enhancing the patient’s quality of life.

Nerve conduction studies are available at Global Neuro & Spine Institute. For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment online. We serve patients from Orlando FL, Conway FL, Edgewood FL, Jensen Beach FL, Ocean Breeze FL, Rio FL, Malabar Palm Bay FL, Melbourne FL, Atlantis FL, Palm Springs FL, Boynton Beach FL, Fort Pierce FL, White City FL, St Lucie FL, Plantation FL, Pine Island Ridge FL, Lauderhill FL, Winter Park FL, Bertha FL, Alafaya FL and surrounding areas.

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