A nerve conduction study measures how fast electrical impulses move through a nerve in your body and can provide important clues to the cause of nerve damage. Highly trained neurologist Emad Soliman, MD, MSc, and his outstanding medical team at Westchester Neurological Consultants in Yonkers, New York, provide nerve conduction studies for men and women with neurological conditions or diseases. If you need a prompt appointment from a caring, friendly team of physicians offering the highest standard of neurological care in the greater New York area, call the office directly or schedule an appointment online today.
A nerve conduction study, or nerve conduction velocity (NCV) test, measures how fast an electrical impulse moves through a particular nerve in your body. The nerve conduction study stimulates a nerve with an electrode and records the nerve’s ability to send an impulse to your muscle. Dr. Soliman sometimes pairs a nerve conduction study with electromyography (EMG) to evaluate damage in the nerves that lead away from your brain and spinal cord to the smaller nerves that branch out into your arms and legs, and beyond.
A nerve conduction study combined with an electromyography provides information so Dr. Soliman can determine if you have a nerve or muscle disorder. The nerve conduction study detects problems with your nerves and the EMG detects whether or not your muscle is responding correctly to the information from the nerve. You may need a nerve conduction study if you have a disease or condition such as:
Dr. Soliman and the team at Westchester Neurological Consultants are experts at using nerve conduction studies and EMGs to determine the cause of pain or weakness in your extremities.
During your test, Dr. Soliman attaches a recording electrode to the skin over the nerve you’re having tested so he can record the information from that nerve. Then he places a stimulating electrode at a certain distance away from the recording electrode. He sends a mild electrical shock through the electrode to stimulate your nerve.
You may feel minor discomfort during this process, like that of static electricity, but it’s over quickly. Your nerve’s response to the electrical impulse gets recorded on a monitor so Dr. Soliman can analyze it and determine the health of the nerve.
Based on the results, Dr. Soliman educates you about your particular condition and recommends effective treatments to alleviate your symptoms.
The team at Westchester Neurological Consultants offers the highest standard of neurological testing in a timely manner, including diagnostic nerve conduction studies, so you can move forward with treatment. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.