Diagnostic Services

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Electromyography (EMG) & Nerve Conduction Studies

We use this type of study to evaluate the extent of your neuromuscular disorder. The testing typically takes around 60 minutes. It involves electrical stimulation through a small needle electrode that is inserted into the effected muscles. For information regarding preparation for this study, download the EMG Education & Preparation forms.

Nerve & Muscle Ultrasound

This painless and non-invasive diagnostic tool allows us to taking a direct picture of your nerves and muscles, so we can evaluate you for a variety of disorders.

We also use ultrasounds to guide us during treatments such as BOTOX® injection therapy and carpal tunnel syndrome injections.

Autonomic Study (Tilt Table Test)

tilt-table-min We use this study for the evaluation of syncope and dysautonomia. The safe and non-invasive autonomic nervous system testing includes a sweat test, a test for heart rate variability during breathing, a Valsalva maneuver test, and a tilt table test. For more information about the study and what you need to do to prepare, download the Autonomic Testing Education & Preparation forms.

Nerve & Muscle Biopsy & Pathology

Muscle and nerve biopsies are minor procedures involving the effected nerve or muscle. They allow us to evaluate the extent of nerve or muscle disease. For details about the procedure and preparation information, download the Muscle/Nerve Biopsy Education & Preparation forms.

Skin Biopsy

To help us diagnose small fiber neuropathy (SFN) and develop a treatment plan, we use skin biopsies. This minor procedure, in which a small skin tissue sample is obtained, is done under local anesthesia. We then place the sample under a microscope to observe and count the nerves contained within the sample. For details about the procedure and preparation information, download the Skin Biopsy Education & Preparation forms.

Lumbar Punctures

Also called a “spinal tap,” we use this minor procedure to obtain cerebrospinal fluid for study. Local anesthesia is used to minimize patients’ discomfort. Lumbar punctures are usually performed on patients with autoimmune neuropathy like Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP), and during the initial work-up and preparation for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) therapy. Get more information about the procedure and how to prepare by downloading the Lumbar Puncture Education & Preparation forms.

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