Diagnostic Services

COMPREHENSIVE TESTING,
WITHOUT THE WAIT

Diagnostic Services That Get You On The Road To Recovery

Quality patient care shouldn’t have to wait. Too often we see people who are referred for treatment, but are only sent for diagnostic testing after months of non-responsive therapy.

A pioneer in the advancement of physical therapy

Apex is one of only two practices in Florida to offer diagnostic testing. Using EMG/NCS and Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, we can identify sources of pain and limitation and immediately initiate a course of action to provide a streamlined path to recovery.

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EMG/NCS

EMG/NCS testing actually consists of two distinct tests that evaluate muscle and nerve health.

Neuromuscular disorders can cause muscles to react abnormally, leading to pain and limitations. During an Electromyogram (EMG), a small pin is inserted in the muscle to evaluate its condition by measuring electrical activity while the muscle is at rest and during contraction.

The second test, a Nerve Conduction Study (NCS) evaluates nerve health. Mild electrical stimulation is administered to the skin directly over the affected nerve. The response is measured by electrodes applied to the skin surface, which produces a visual signal that can provide information about the condition of the nerve.

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

While X-Rays, CT Scans and MRIs have long been the standard for evaluating musculoskeletal problems, clinical evidence and research support using ultrasound as the first diagnostic test.

Musculoskeletal ultrasound offers a more functional and practical approach to evaluate joints, muscles, ligaments and even nerves. It also provides a number of advantages, including:

  • Noninvasive evaluation
  • No exposure to radiation
  • Real-time imaging of structures at rest and in motion, which can provide more accurate diagnoses

A study by Thomas Jefferson University projected that the substitution of musculoskeletal ultrasound for MRI, when appropriate, would lead to savings for Medicare of more than $6.9 billion in the period from 2006 to 2020.

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