If you have been injured on the job, part of your workers’ compensation case will likely require muscular and neural testing. At Quest Medical Care in Bay Shore, New York, the staff chiropractor can guide you through the process to help you determine the extent of your injury. Call or take advantage of the online scheduling mechanism to make an appointment.
At Quest Medical Care, the staff chiropractor routinely handles all types of workers’ compensation cases. In most cases, you need to receive an electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction studies (NCS) examination to evaluate your injuries. You can get an EMG/NCS examination at the Quest Medical Care offices.
When you come in for an EMG/NCS examination, the aim is to observe the integrity of your muscles and peripheral nerves. It will not inform you about potential damage to your brain or spinal cord.
During the EMG portion, your provider inserts a sterile needle into some of your muscles and monitors muscle activity. Typically, your provider will stick you 5-7 times per arm or leg. There is no electrical shocking. A computer monitors the results.
During the NCS portion, your provider attaches wires to the surface of your skin and applies a an electrical shock to observe how your nerves react. A computer monitors the results.
The examination is not painful. The shocks and needle insertions are only mildly uncomfortable. The length of the examination varies widely from patient to patient and depends on your results. It can be as short as 20 minutes or take up to two hours.
If possible, wear shorts and a T-shirt to your examination. For women, a loose dress is fine. Be prepared to answer questions about your medical history, any underlying medical conditions, and medications you are taking.
Particularly for workers’ compensation cases, you have rights when you incur a workplace injury. Of course, you need to know your rights, but you also need to know the extent of your injury.
This examination is important, particularly after an on-the-job injury, because you might not realize you’re experiencing a nerve or muscle problem. It might not manifest in physical symptoms right away. Measuring pain is not a part of the examination. You could get normal results even if you have severe pain.