Types Of Neuromuscular Conditions And Symptoms

Neuromuscular disorders affect the nerves that control your voluntary muscles. There are unfortunately many diseases and ailments that impair the functioning muscles. Some common symptoms of neuromuscular disorders include muscle weakness, numbness, muscle pain, muscle weakness, muscle atrophy. Below are examples of Neuromuscular disorders:

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis which is also known as (ALS)
  • Congenital myasthenic syndromes
  • Inclusion-body myositis
  • Mitochondrial myopathy
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Myotonic dystrophy
  • Pinched nerves
  • Inflammation of muscles
  • Peripheral nerve damage
  • Disc Herniation
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease

Tests for Neuromuscular Disorder

To diagnose a neuromuscular disorder, a variety of different types of tests are needed. At the office of Dr. Raymond Semente, we offer three types of neuromuscular tests:

  1. Electromyography (EMG)– gives us a picture of how well your nerves are functioning by using a specific instrument called a digital myograph. During this test, a needle is placed inside the muscle to detect abnormal electrical activity and real weakness. This test is typically done when patients complain of unexplained muscle weakness.
  2. Nerve Conduction Velocity– can indicate whether or not there is a presence of nerve damage within the body. It will be able to show how suitably the body’s electrical signals are traveling to a nerve. Small electrical shocks are sent to the nerve to record how the nerve is working.
  3. Evoked Potential – uses electrodes to test the functionality of nerve pathways.  It measures the electrical activity in parts of the brain caused by light, sound, and touch.

If you are experiencing neuromuscular symptoms, it is essential to get tested. Dr. Semente has a specialization in neuromuscular disorders and is very skilled in his practice. The results will give the chiropractor a knowing of how well the muscles are functioning. Therefore he can plan a program of rehabilitation that meets your needs. The neuromuscular testing takes X-Ray and CAT Scan results to astronomical levels proving the functionality of it. If you are looking for a test to help diagnose a possible neuromuscular disorder, contact us today for a consultation!