Neuromuscular Medicine

Neuromuscular Medicine Specialist
Nerve damage, motor problems, and other neuromuscular conditions can cause significant discomfort. These problems can also affect your balance and coordination, making it difficult to walk or even stand. At New York Medicine Doctors, located in the Midtown East neighborhood of New York City, Dr. Sireen Gopal offers neuromuscular medicine to diagnose and treat these conditions.

Neuromuscular Medicine Q & A

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What is neuromuscular medicine?

Neuromuscular medicine refers to the treatment of conditions that affect the nerves and muscles, such as:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Sciatica nerve dysfunction
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Muscular dystrophy

Dr. Gopal conducts nerve conduction studies (NCS), and electromyography (EMG) tests to make an accurate diagnosis based on factors such as electrical activity in your muscles and nerve conduction speed.

What is electromyography?

This test measures electrical activity in your muscles. To perform the test, Dr. Gopal inserts a thin needle with an electrode into your muscle or places electrodes on your skin. He’ll ask you to relax your muscles or tighten them so that the electrode can measure electrical activity during these motions. If the EMG results show abnormal activity, Dr. Gopal will ask you to return for additional testing.

When is an electromyography necessary?

Dr. Gopal may recommend an EMG if you’ve experienced:

  • Tingling
  • Muscle pain
  • Weakness
  • Other symptoms of muscle or nerve damage

You might feel slight discomfort if Dr. Gopal uses a needle electrode. If electrodes are on your skin, you might feel slight twinges as electrical currents pass through them.

What are nerve conduction studies?

Nerve conduction studies measure how quickly electrical impulses pass through your nerves. Dr. Gopal places electrodes on your skin over targeted nerves. One electrode emits electrical currents, and the other records the results. Electrical currents typically pass through damaged nerves at a slower rate than healthy nerves. If your results show slower speeds, Dr. Gopal will run additional diagnostic tests as needed to make an accurate diagnosis.

When do patients need a nerve conduction study?

Dr. Gopal might run a nerve conduction study along with an EMG. Conducting both tests helps determine whether your symptoms are the result of a problem with your muscles or nerves. Nerve conduction studies help diagnose a range of nervous system disorders, such as:

  • Sciatica
  • Pinched nerves
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Herniated discs

For additional information on neuromuscular medicine, contact New York Medicine Doctors to schedule an appointment.

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