Appropriate Usage, Training Requirements and Public Safety Issues Pertaining to Needle EMG and Electrodiagnostics (pp. 165-176)
Authors: Joel B. Brock and Albert Comey
Abstract: Electrodiagnostic studies, including nerve conduction velocity testing, needle electromyography and evoked potential studies, are a vital part of healthcare. This is especially true in the genre of neurology, soft tissue injuries, and determining the extent of various types of injury. In addition, electrodiagnostics offer imperative information that aids in accurately determining the area of injury, extent of injury, and important factors that relate to an appropriate diagnosis, prognosis, and issues related to patient recovery and predicted outcomes of various treatments.
When performed properly, invaluable details about an injury can be provided to a wide variety of requesting providers, from the surgeon needing to know whether a case is surgical in nature, to the provider attempting to prescribe medication, to the conservative practitioner who is determining if conservative care is the appropriate course of action. In order to keep this perspective clear, it is important to understand the history and groups utilizing this type of diagnostic testing and then discuss training necessary to provide valid studies, as well as discuss public safety issues.