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Diagnostic Testing Article

Piedmont Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Center pioneers in understanding and resolving pain. One common cause of chronic pain is the lack of a complete diagnosis. Piedmont Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, P.A. offers innovative diagnostic testing procedures to help target and assess the root cause of your pain. Testing methods include:

Diagnostic Testing Methods for Curing Pain Overview

Performance Testing

Performance testing can be used to assess functional assessment. Sometimes there is not anything structurally or physiologically wrong with your body, but the way it is being used is the problem. For example, due to a relative strength deficit in your back muscles when you bend or twist, your abdominals are doing too much of the work. As a result of this imbalance, there is unnecessary torque on your spine, and pain may occur.

Isokinetic TestingBack Testing Equipment

Performance testing uses various types of equipment to assess how you function. For your spine, you may be asked to sit in a device that will stabilize your pelvis (much like a seat belt holds you in your car seat), and then under varying amounts of resistance you will be asked to move back and forth or from side to side. A computer will analyze the quality of your movement, how consistent you are, and look for portions of your motion that have a glitch in it.

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Piedmont Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Center pioneers in understanding and resolving pain. One common cause of chronic pain is the lack of a complete diagnosis. Piedmont Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, P.A. offers innovative diagnostic testing procedures to help target and assess the root cause of your pain. Testing methods include:

Diagnostic Testing Methods for Curing Pain Overview

Electrodiagnostic Studies EMG & NCV’s

Electromyography (EMG) and Nerve Conduction Velocity (NCV) studies are ordered to evaluate for injury or disease of muscle, nerve roots, and peripheral nerves. They test the condition of the nerves from the spine, face, and extremities, including the foot and hand. These studies are normally done together and are usually performed as a workup for complaints of pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling.

EMG Machine

Unlike radiographic or imaging tests that evaluate structure, such as an X-ray or MRI, electrodiagnostic studies assess physiology or biochemical function. Think of a telephone wire that has static on it. A photograph of the phone would miss the problem entirely, but with a volt-ohm meter a technician could determine if there was a bad connection or wire in the phone itself, the phone line, or at the telephone pole.

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Piedmont Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Center pioneers in understanding and resolving pain. One common cause of chronic pain is the lack of a complete diagnosis. Piedmont Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, P.A. offers innovative diagnostic testing procedures to help target and assess the root cause of your pain. Testing methods include:

Diagnostic Testing Methods for Curing Pain Overview

Peripheral Artery Disease & Vascular Disease Treatment

Vascular Doppler studies can be very helpful in the treatment of peripheral artery disease and vascular disease. Vascular Doppler can be compared to diagnostic ultrasound, or sonar, for the blood vessels. The Vascular Doppler probe has a special crystal within it that is used for sending the ultrasound waves into the tissue, and a “receive” crystal is used to “collect” the returning ultrasound waves as they “bounce” off the blood cells.

The probe can also sense frequency differences in blood flow. These are heard as an increasing frequency change whether the blood is flowing toward or away from the probe. Dopplers are available that apply this principle of high and low pitch sound with flow to and away from the transducer to obtain direction.

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