Neurodiagnostic testing is a subspecialty of neurology that assists in diagnosing disorders and injuries of the peripheral nerves and spinal roots. The tests are performed on the nerves that connect from the spine to the arms and legs in order to diagnose problems involving your skeleton, nerves, and connecting tissue. Our board-certified neurologist with subspecialty fellowship training and certification in neurodiagnostic testing works closely with our orthopedists to develop diagnosis and treatment options.
The skeletal and nervous systems impact each other. Where you find joints and vertebrae, you will find nerves in close proximity. They are interrelated, often with joint inflammation or trauma causing compression of an adjacent nerve. For example, when a disc in your low back slips and puts pressure on the nearby nerve that goes to your leg, it results in sciatica. When inflammation in the carpal tunnel puts pressure on the median nerve within it, this results in numbness and weakness in the hand. Conversely, nerve damage and lack of feeling can result in deformities in the joints of the feet or spine.
At Ortho Rhode Island we realize that by working closely together, our surgeons and neurologist can communicate about problems involving your skeleton, nerves, and connecting tissues quickly and effectively. For our patients, the result of this close communication and convenient availability will be a thoughtful, well-informed plan of care.
Symptoms: Neurologic symptoms vary and can overlap. For example, a numb hand could be caused by an issue in the spine, elbow or wrist. Common symptoms that would indicate neurologic testing is needed include numbness, tingling, weakness, pain, burning sensation, cramps, sciatica, or muscle twitches in the affected part of the body.
Treatment: Based on our neurological evaluation, your orthopedist can determine the best course of treatment.
The tests we conduct are called Electromyography, Nerve Conduction Studies, and Ultrasound of Peripheral Nerves (EMG/NCS/US). This testing can show your orthopedic surgeon, internist, or family doctor:
All of this information assists you and your doctor to plan the best strategy for your particular situation and potential recovery.
Your primary care physician, surgeon, nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant who will then refer you to Dr. Lussier.