At Senior Physical Medicine, we use a variety of diagnostic tests to assist us in uncovering the cause of the patient’s concern. Some testing examples include:
Nerve Conduction Study
Nerve conduction studies (NCS) are used mainly for evaluation of paresthesia’s (numbness, tingling, burning) and/or weakness of the arms and legs. The type of study required is dependent in part by the symptoms presented. A physical exam and thorough history also help to direct the investigation. NCS aid in the determination nerve damage and destruction.
Senior Physical Medicine has the ability to utilize diagnostic ultrasound to generate images of blood flow within the veins and arteries. Ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves, similar to the sonar that a ship uses to detect structures beneath the surface of the water. For example, if your physician wants to make sure that you do not have a blood clot in your leg, he or she might order a venous Doppler examination.
Vascular ultrasound procedures are noninvasive, meaning they do not require the use of needles, dyes, radiation or anesthesia and are, therefore, relatively painless and harmless.
The information obtained through vascular ultrasound examinations is extremely helpful to physicians in diagnosing a variety of conditions related to cardiovascular disease (disorders of the heart and blood vessels). Early detection of life-threatening vascular diseases is possible through the use of noninvasive vascular testing techniques performed within our clinic.