Instead of guessing what might be causing you pain, the experts at BCT Medical Associates can identify the exact cause with nerve testing. If a nerve or neuromuscular disorder causes your pain, Bao Chau Tran, MD can find it with nerve testing. If you’re looking for a doctor to identify and minimize your pain in the South Plainfield or surrounding central New Jersey areas, contact Dr. Tran online or by phone.
NCV stands for nerve conduction velocity test which evaluates electrical nerve impulses in order to pinpoint injury. A physician at BCT Medical Associates attaches electrodes to various locations along a nerve, sends an electrical impulse through one of those electrodes, and records how fast the electrical activity reaches the other electrodes.
If it takes longer than expected for the impulses to go from one electrode to another, then Dr. Tran knows there’s a problem in that particular nerve. He uses the test to detect nerve conditions such as:
NCV is usually done in conjunction with an EMG to rule out muscle conditions.
An EMG is an electromyogram, a test to evaluate electrical activity in the muscles. Muscles usually create electrical impulses that coincide with the amount of muscle activity they perform. When the measurements don’t coincide, Dr. Tran knows there’s a neuromuscular disorder.
To perform an EMG, a physician at BCT Medical inserts a needle into the muscle in question to detect electrical impulses. He measures the electrical activity each time you contract the muscle.
Dr. Tran uses EMG to detect conditions such as:
If it’s unclear why you’re having ongoing pain or numbness, Dr. Tran may use nerve testing to confirm or rule out nerve or neuromuscular disorders.
By performing an NCV and EMG together, Dr. Tran can differentiate between a nerve disorder and a nerve injury that has compromised the muscle. He can also tell if the actual nerve is damaged or the myelin sheath.
Knowing the location and extent of the nerve damage allows Dr. Tran to develop an appropriate treatment plan. Redoing the nerve testing at a later point can also help Dr. Tran evaluate how well you’re recovering.
If you’d like to know more about nerve testing and whether or not it would benefit you, make a call to BCT Medical Associations for more information.