What is a herniated disk disease?
Herniated disk disease is a disease of the spinal cord. Between each of the vertebrae of the spine, there are soft, rubbery cushions known as disks. Each disk is made up of a soft, jelly-like substance encased by a ligamentous covering. When this covering is punctured, the “jelly” inside the disk is pushed out, causing pressure on the spinal nerve. Our team of mobile diagnostics on Long Island can help you diagnose your herniated disk disorder.
Am I at risk for herniated disk disorder?
Some risk factors identified in increasing risk for herniated disk disorder include:
What are the symptoms of a herniated disk?
Herniated disks can occur in the cervical spine (the neck) or the lumbar spine (the lower back) and less commonly in the thoracic spine (mid back). Some symptoms of herniated disks include:
- Arm or leg pain
- Spinal pain
If you are experiencing these symptoms, seek medical help. An NCV test helps diagnose effects of herniated disk disease and can be conducted by Resnick Electrodiagnostic Consultative Services’ mobile diagnostics on Long Island.
What is an NCV?
A nerve conduction velocity test, or NCV, is an electrical test used to diagnose nerve, muscle and junctional related disorders. At least two electrodes are placed on the skin, the first to conduct a mild electrical impulse, and the second to read the nerve and muscle response to this impulse. When there is a decreased speed of transmission, a diminished size of the response and an off timing of the response, then nerve-related dysfunction may be determined. There may be some slight discomfort due to the mild electrical impulse, but little to no pain generally accompanies this non-invasive test.
An EMG, or electromyography, is often performed simultaneously to an NCV to provide the best diagnosis. Ask our team of mobile diagnosticians on Long Island about the NCV and EMG tests to diagnose the effects of your herniated disk disorder.
What else does an NCV help differentiate?
- Guillain-Barré syndrome
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease
- Chronic inflammatory polyneuropathy and other neuropathy
- Sciatic nerve problems
If you believe you may be suffering from the neurological effects of herniated disk disorder or any other nerve related disorder, an NCV may be the right test for you. Contact us today to make an appointment with our mobile diagnostics on Long Island for our professional diagnosis of your symptoms.