Whether your client is suffering from job-related repetitive strain or a traumatic injury caused by an accident, their chronic pain may be rooted in the central nervous system. Nerves control movement and also have a sensory function, providing a pathway to the brain where chronic pain registers. A patient with headaches and dizziness caused by head trauma, back pain due to a spinal injury or impaired movement caused by repetitive stress should seek immediate treatment from a neurologist, who specializes in diagnosing and treating pathology of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves and muscles.
Orthopedists, pain management physicians, general practitioners or chiropractors can refer a patient to a neurologist, who can provide a comprehensive evaluation, accurate diagnosis and determine the most appropriate course of treatment.
Symptoms that may require neurological evaluation include:
Ensuring your client receives the proper diagnostic tests following an accident is also essential in determining the appropriate care and recovery. Electromyography (EMG) and Nerve Conduction Velocity (NCV) assessments are considered valuable tools used by neurologists and their teams to assess possible nerve and muscle damage due to genetic, chemical or physical causes.
An EMG measures a muscle’s response to nerve stimulation, while the NCV measures the health of the nerves themselves. When performed in tandem, the overall accuracy of the tests can be multiplied and may be used along with other important health information to make a neuromuscular diagnosis.
Common symptoms for muscle and nerve damage include difficulty moving or increased pain with movement, along with weakness, soreness, numbness, bruising, prickling or tingling sensations, twitching and paralysis. It is often recommended that accident victims with these symptoms obtain an EMG and NCV as soon as possible.
Finding amazing neurologists or a convenient means of obtaining an EMG and NCV on personal injury medical liens for your clients may have seemed difficult. Power Liens has both! Please see below for some of the quality neurologists in our network located all over California, as well as a mobile EMG and NCV testing company that performs their tests all over the state: