Ulnar nerve entrapment is a common injury that affects the nerve that runs through the arm down to the wrist and fingers. If left untreated, it can cause permanent damage such as paralysis or the loss of feeling in the affected arm or hand. With the proper diagnosis and treatment, you can help your patient reach full recovery. At Resnick Electrodiagnostic Consultative Services, we offer mobile diagnostics on Long Island such as NVC and EMG tests that can help diagnose ulnar nerve entrapments.
What Is Ulnar Nerve Entrapment?
The ulnar nerve is one of the most dominant nerves found in the arm. Since the ulnar nerve extends entirely throughout the arm, there are many points for nerve irritation or compression. This irritation is called Ulnar Nerve Entrapment. Ulnar nerve entrapment is most commonly found near or at the elbow.
This irritation can be caused by:
- Pressure on the elbow for an extended period
- An increase in fluid buildup in the elbow
- An activity that causes a person to bend and straighten the elbow joint repeatedly
How To Diagnose Ulnar Nerve Entrapments
Diagnosing ulnar nerve entrapments can be reasonably difficult. At Resnick Electrodiagnostic Consultative Services, we offer many providers mobile diagnostics on Long Island such as NCV and EMG. With these tests, you can help diagnose your patient to give them the proper treatment.
What Is NCV?
NCV is a nerve conduction velocity test that is used to identify nerve damage. The test measures how fast an electrical impulse moves through the nerve. This test will stimulate the nerve with electrode patches on the skin. One patch will stimulate the nerve while the other records the electrical activity.
What Is EMG?
EMG is an electromyography test that measures the electrical activity in the muscles and is commonly performed along with an NCV. While a nerve conduction velocity test detects if there is a problem with the nerve, an electromyography discovers if a muscle is functioning properly in response to the nerve stimulus.
At Resnick Electrodiagnostic Consultative Services, we offer mobile diagnostics on Long Island to assist physicians with the proper diagnosis of their patients to ensure the best treatment protocols. If you are interested in learning more about NVC and EMG tests for your patients, feel free to connect with us here.