Musculoskeletal Diagnostic Ultrasound / EMG
Electromyography / Nerve Conduction Study (EMG / NCS) testing is used to diagnose and prognosticate many conditions, including carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), paresthesias (tingling and numbness), cervical and lumbar radiculopathy, peripheral neuropathy, myopathy, tarsal tunnel syndrome, ulnar nerve palsy, brachial plexopathy, and many more nerve and muscle conditions.
Through his experience at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC treating children with pain using medical acupuncture, Dr. Sniezek developed a procedure that helps to reduce anxiety and makes the overall EMG testing experience much less uncomfortable. According to Dr. Sniezek, “EMG’s do not have to be painful.”
Musculoskeletal Diagnostic Ultrasound represents an exciting way for physicians to visualize ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves in the office setting for both diagnostic purposes as well as to precisely guide injection procedures. Using ultrasound guidance, we can now precisely place injections in the exact location where they are needed and avoid structures such as blood vessels and nerves. Ultrasound guided injections have been shown to improve the outcome in treatment when used in various areas such as in the shoulder for a bursal injection and in the plantar fascia. We have used ultrasound to guide injections into a variety of structures which include the Achilles tendon sheath, hip joint and carpal tunnel. Ultrasound is also used to precisely place platelet rich plasma grafts directly into the area(s) that have the greatest abnormality.
The skill and experience of the physician performing the test often determines the comfort level and quality of the results of the test. Dr. Sniezek has developed a much less uncomfortable EMG by integrating the skills he developed during his residency training at George Washington University Medical Center (1989), medical acupuncture training at UCLA School of Medicine (1995) and Harvard Medical School Postgraduate Studies (2007).
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