EMG Solutions Therapists Fill the Room Beyond Capacity at APTA Combined Sections Meeting in 2022!

EMG Solutions’ Physical Therapists, Austin Andrus, PT, DPT ECS, Kyle Martinos, PT, DPT, ECS, and Phil Hartley, PT, ECS presented on “Complex Nerve Injuries and Neuromuscular Disease in COVID-19 Survivors: A Case Series.” to a packed house. The room was filled to capacity and additional chairs had to be brought in! Attendees reported that “They did a great job!” and “Really good!” Attendees also posed many good and insightful questions both during and after the presentation. All-in-all it was a very informative presentation dealing with a current and relevant topic, providing insight into some of the complications of nerve injuries…

Do I Have a Pinched Nerve in My Neck?

You have likely heard of someone complaining of a “pinched nerve” when referring to pain experienced in the neck or back that extends into the limbs. What exactly is a “pinched nerve” and how does it happen in the neck? What are the signs and symptoms of a pinched nerve? Who should you see if you think you have a pinched nerve? What tests can be performed to diagnose it and what are some treatment options?  What is a pinched nerve and how does it happen at the neck? A “pinched nerve” is the layman’s term for a compression of…

Q & A: Is Electrodiagnostic Testing or Neuromuscular Ultrasound Superior in Diagnosing Peripheral Neuropathy?

Q: Which test is better with localization of the lesion? A: Electrodiagnostic (EDX) testing remains the gold standard in diagnosing focal neuropathies. It can provide useful differential diagnosis information to determine the site of lesion responsible for hand and foot numbness, e.g., median neuropathy at the wrist versus cervical radiculopathy. On the other hand, ultrasound can provide additional diagnostic information regarding the source of median neuropathy at the wrist, for example, tendonitis, inflammatory arthritis, bone erosions, and/or crystal deposits. Electrodiagnostic studies and neuromuscular ultrasound are complimentary diagnostic tools which provide unique characteristics of the nerve and muscle that serve to…

Lessons and Tips for a Novice Electrophysiologist

You have been working as a physical therapist for years treating all sorts of conditions, but you are looking to specialize and set yourself apart from others while also expanding your future options. You are seeing the trend in physical therapy reimbursement and are looking for ways to help supplement or offset the decline. The physical nature of working as a physical therapist is starting to wear on your body, so you are looking for an option that may not strain your body as much as it currently does. You are interested in how the nerves work and how to assess…

Nerve Facts

“I never knew how hard it could be to button a shirt without feeling my fingers.” As I work with patients experiencing nerve damage, conversations often turn in this direction. Our bodies are incredibly complex, and yet most of the time they function very well.   It is easy to take this for granted. After all, we don’t retain our infant memories of the neurological boot camp where we toddled and fell for years before learning to run, jump, swim and type.   But when systems fail, we suddenly realize what miracles had been occurring all the time. In this…