NEUROPATHY, MYOPATHY AND DISORDERS OF THE SPINE

Diseases of the peripheral nervous system cause pain, weakness, tingling, and burning in the arms and legs. Examples of these disorders include carpal tunnel syndrome, ulnar neuropathy, cervical radiculopathy, lumbar radiculopathy, myasthenia gravis, and polymyositis. The goal of these evaluations is to interview and examine the patient in order to identify which muscle, nerve, or spinal root is causing the problem and recommend curative and symptomatic treatment. This may include “watch and wait”, EMG/NCV (electromyography and nerve conduction studies), MRI of the neck or back, and blood work. Once the etiology is determined, medication, physical therapy, splinting, injections, or surgery may be prescribed. EMG/NCV testing and MRI can usually be performed within the same week Symptomatic treatment will be prescribed for comfort while the evaluation is completed.