At Orthopaedic Associates, we offer nerve conduction velocity (NCV) testing. Common symptoms you may experience due to nerve damage include muscle cramping, weakness, loss of muscle bulk, pain, and numbness. This test is extremely useful in the diagnosis of pinched nerves, including those in the neck and in the back, as well as in the wrist, called carpal tunnel syndrome, or at the elbow when the "funny bone" or the ulnar nerve is injured.
Our board-certified neurologist, Michael L. Shawbitz, M.D., directs his certified medical technologist, Peri Santos, MCET, in the performance of the NCV test. To conduct this test, the technician will place stick-on electrodes over the muscle of interest. An electrical impulse is applied to the nerve through the skin, causing an electrical response to propagate down the nerve of the muscle. The muscle will often jump in response to electrical stimulation. A computer is used to collect information through the attached electrodes about the health of the nerve and muscle. Although this test is uncomfortable, it is not dangerous, and most patients report that the study was not as painful as they had feared.
At Orthopaedic Associates, our specialist is the expert in diagnosing, evaluating, and treating impairments of the nervous system. Our goal is to get you back to enjoying your favorite activities swiftly and free from pain. To make an appointment with our specialist, please call 850-863-2153.