Diagnostic Neurophysiologist Dr. Mark E. Brooks, PT, DSc, ECS, OCS
Dr. Brooks is Board Certified in Electroneuromyography and Orthopedics, specializing in Electromyography and Nerve Conduction Velocity (EMG/NCV) tests.
If you have possible nerve damage (numbness, tingling, burning, weakness or pain in your legs), Dr. Brooks can perform the EMG/NCV tests right in our office, saving you the time and hassle of dealing with hospitals and other facilities.
- Diabetic neuropathy - condition due to a compressed nerve in the spine that can cause pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness along the course of the nerve.
- Parathesia of the lower extremity - abnormal sensation of the body, such as numbness, tingling, or burning.
- Radiculopathy – the damage of nerves that result in pain, weakness, numbness, or difficulty controlling specific muscles.
- Sciatica – pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve — which branches from your lower back through your hips and buttocks and down each leg.
The first part of the EMG/NCV consists of a needle electrode examination. A small needle is inserted into the muscle to detect electric activity.
This aspect of the test identifies loss or degeneration of the part of your nerves that transfer messages.
The second part entails a nerve conduction study to detect damage to the nerves in your feet. This test is for patients who suspect they may be suffering from nervous system disorders or may be having problems resulting from an injury.
Small metal or adhesive discs (electrodes) will be placed on your skin over nerves. The electromyographer will then apply mild electrical currents to your skin. Your muscles may twitch. The test will not harm you. Currents may then be applied to the same area again. The electrodes may then be moved to another area of your body and electrical currents applied again.
Dr. Brooks will deliver same day preliminary results and reports, which means we are able to put the power of your treatment in your hands right away. We will even take care of the pre-certifications required, as these tests may be covered by your insurance.
The EMG/NCV testing is offered at Lexington Podiatry as a convenience to our patients; patients are not obligated to have the test performed at our location. All billing for this test will be through an outside company.