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what is an emg nerve test used for?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Diagnosis: Useful for pinched nerves, peripheral neuropathy, myopathy, myasthenia gravis, and to differentiate various problems with nerve and muscle. Can assist when nerve compressed within neck or back.
Dr. Michele Arnold
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 22 years experience
Nerves & muscles: Emg and nerve conduction studies are used to detect abnormalities of nerves and muscles. The test evaluates nerve roots as they exit your spine, the nerve plexus, peripheral nerves, the nerve-muscle junction, and muscle itself. It can detect pinched/compressed nerves (sciatica, carpal tunnel, and others), muscle disorders, neuropathy, and many other neuromuscular conditions.

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Is cutting the nerve a lviable last resort treatment to stop the pain of tn? How is this done and what are the consequences?

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What are suggested excercises for a pinched sciatic nerve?

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McKenzie: Several exercise approaches can help low back pain, and physical therapists can instruct in williams and mckenzie approaches. Some specialized therapists can use felderkreis approaches. Best to have direct expert instruction prior to using these techniques. Although pilates is touted, need an expert to select safest approach.

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