NERVE CONDUCTION VELOCITY
Chiropractors specialize in the treatment of the back, spinal cord, and the nerves that travel throughout the rest of the body. In some cases, these nerves can become damaged. Some nerves might be pinched or compressed as they travel through different parts of the body. When this happens, the signals that are conducted through these nerves may start to slow. In this case, the chiropractor may recommend something called a nerve conduction velocity test. Often shortened to an NCV test, a chiropractor can use this diagnostic tool to measure the speed with which signals are conducted through this nerve.
There are a variety of medical conditions that can be diagnosed using an NCV Test; however, chiropractors will mainly use this tool to diagnosed pinched or damaged nerves. If signals are being conducted too slowly down a nerve, this might explain why a patient has a burning, numbness, or tingling sensation. This tool can also be used to test nerves that might have been damaged by a herniated disc. The versatility of this tool has made it popular among numerous medical professionals, including chiropractors.
When a patient arrives at M Health N Wellness, he or she can rest easy knowing that we invest in the latest diagnostic tools. One option we have at our disposal is called neuromuscular ultrasound. This is a test that uses sound waves to generate an image on a screen. Then, this image can be used by a chiropractor to diagnose and treat a variety of conditions. The ultrasound machine emits sound waves from the end of a probe. Sound travels at different speeds through different materials based on density. For example, sound waves pass quickly through bone. On the other hand, sound waves pass more slowly through the air. The bone will show up white on an ultrasound image whereas air will show up dark.
A chiropractor can use a neuromuscular ultrasound test to diagnose a variety of injuries and conditions. Some of these conditions include: Pinched Nerves: One of the most common conditions that a chiropractor can diagnose using neuromuscular ultrasound is a pinched nerve. When someone has a pinched nerve, there might be shooting pains that travel throughout that location. A chiropractor can find the nerve on the image and confirm that it is being compressed.
Muscle Tear: A chiropractor can also use an ultrasound machine to look for muscle tears. The ultrasound machine can be used to locate the largest part of the muscle. Then, the chiropractor can tell whether or not the muscle has been torn.
Once the right condition has been diagnosed, the chiropractor can use neuromuscular treatment to help patients recover.