Electrodiagnostic Study

 

Electrodiagnostic study is a diagnostic testing that consists of two parts:

NCV Testing

NCS measures the speed of the nerves in sending electrical impulses. This test determines the specific site of injury such as pinch or damage nerves.

The nerve conduction technician puts electrode patches on the skin directly on the belly of the muscles innervated by the nerves and apply mild electric stimulations in order to measure the speed of nerve conduction and nerve response. This part of the exam may take half an hour to 45 minutes, depending on how many nerves and muscles are being tested.
This test is often used to help find nerve problems such as:

  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • cubital tunnel syndrome
  • diabetic neuropathy
  • herniated disk disease
  • sciatic nerve problems
  • pinched nerves
  • peripheral nerve injury

Electrodiagnostic testing is also helpful in determining the extent of injury to a nerve after an accident or any effects of alcohol or drug abuse or diseases such as diabetes mellitus, high blood pressure, genetic disorder or hypothyroid disease.
To get ready for this exam, make sure that you inform your doctor about all the medications you are taking including the over the counter ones which could affect the result of this study. Patients are also informed not to use lotions or oils on the extremities being tested.
The result of this test is usually available in 24 to 48 hours.

EMG Testing

Electromyography (EMG) is one part of the test that evaluates the condition of the muscles as well as the nerves that innervates these muscles. It is performed to know the reason behind weakness, paralysis, numbness, and tingling sensation which are usually the symptoms of nerve problems. A physician who specializes in this study performs this test where tiny sterile needle electrodes are inserted in the muscles and the electrical activity is measured and recorded at rest and when in use. The electrical activity is displayed visually and audibly on a computer’s monitor. This test can be done in less than half an hour. When the needle electrode is inserted into the muscle one may feel a sore and tingly. Inform your doctor if the symptoms persist. There are no reported side effects.

Kamran Hakimian, MD

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Electrodiagnosis

Dr. Kamran Hakimian, one of the most trusted and well-respected doctors in Los Angeles started his practice in 1982. He is board certified in physical medicine and rehab as well as Electrodiagnostic medicine, and has been practicing in his field for more than thirty years. His training was at University of California in Los Angeles and Irvine. He is a member of American Academy of Electrodiagnostic and Neuromuscular Disease. He is also a member of LA County’s Medical Association and American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine. He provides patients with neurodiagnostic evaluation: nerve conduction study and electromyography.

He also had extensive training in Electrodiagnostic Medicine at the University of California in Irvine.

Board Examiner
American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine

Locations

Beverly Hills
Kamran Hakimian, M.D.
50 N. La Cienega Blvd. # 219
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Encino/ Sherman Oaks
Kamran Hakimian, M.D.
16661 Ventura Blvd. # 714
Encino, CA 91436

Glendale
Kamran Hakimian, M.D.
411 N. Central Ave. # 610
Glendale, CA 91203

Los Angeles/ Virgil
Kamran Hakimian, M.D.
500 S. Virgil Ave. # 505
Los Angeles, CA 90020

Santa Ana/Costa Mesa
Kamran Hakimian, M.D.
3620 S. Bristol Ave. # 204
Santa Ana, CA 92704

Sylmar
Kamran Hakimian, M.D.
14124 Foothill Blvd. # 200
Sylmar, CA 91342

Palmdale/ Lancaster
Kamran Hakimian, M.D.
1850 E. Palmdale Blvd
Palmdale, CA 93550

Pasadena
Kamran Hakimian, M.D.
960 E. Green St. # 208
Pasadena, CA 91101

Whittier
Kamran Hakimian, M.D.
14350 Whittier Blvd. # 102
Whittier, CA 90605

Downey
Kamran Hakimian, M.D.
12115 Paramount Blvd.
Downey, CA 90242

Eagle Rock/ Los Angeles
Kamran Hakimian, M.D.
1501 Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041

Sherman Oaks
Kamran Hakimian, M.D.
5170 Sepulveda Blvd., #100
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

North Hollywood/ Studio City
Kamran Hakimian, M.D.
12660 Riverside Dr., #200
North Hollywood, CA 91607

South LA/Downtown LA
Kamran Hakimina, M.D.
3320 S. Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Long Beach
Kamran Hakimian, M.D.
980 Atlantic Blvd. #350
Long Beach, CA 90813