At Palmetto Physical Medicine, we use a variety of diagnostic tests to assist us in uncovering the cause of the patient’s concern. Some testing examples include:
Nerve Conduction Study
Nerve conduction studies (NCS) are used mainly for evaluation of paresthesias (numbness, tingling, burning) and/or weakness of the arms and legs. The type of study required is dependent in part by the symptoms presented. A physical exam and thorough history also help to direct the investigation. NCS can determine nerve damage and destruction.
Palmetto Physical Medicine has the ability to utilize diagnostic ultrasound to generate images of blood flow within the veins and arteries. Ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves, similar to the sonar that a ship uses to detect structures beneath the surface of the water. For example, if your physician wants to make sure that you do not have a blood clot in your leg, he or she might order a venous Doppler examination.
Vascular ultrasound procedures are noninvasive, meaning they do not require the use of needles, dyes, radiation or anesthesia and are, therefore, relatively painless and harmless.
The information obtained through vascular ultrasound examinations is extremely helpful to physicians in diagnosing a variety of conditions related to cardiovascular disease (disorders of the heart and blood vessels). Early detection of life-threatening vascular diseases is possible through the use of noninvasive vascular testing techniques performed within our clinic.
Have you every heard the saying, “One man’s food is another man’s poison?” Science has proven this to be true today. Most people are not aware of it, but the foods they eat may be the underlying cause of their health conditions including arthritic pain, skin issues, dementia, autoimmune disease, among others. These issues can actually be rooted in immune system dysfunction.
Today, at least one out of every six Americans, or 40 million people in the United States, suffer from one or more of the autoimmune and immune dysfunction diseases. In response, chronically ill Americans spend over $300 billion per year directly for autoimmune syndrome treatments that often do not reduce their suffering or improve their health. That’s why Palmetto Physical Medicine uses the Lymphocyte Reactivity Assay (LRA by ELISA/ACT™) tests and treatment plans. This test allows us to quickly and precisely determine the hidden causes of many chronic conditions and help patients find sustained relief. By looking directly at lymphocytes, the LRA detects all 3 types of delayed food and chemical hypersensitivities to as many as 504 items. This test yields specific information about foods that are ideal for your optimal function and foods you should avoid because they are toxic to your body. Patients who desire additional support in this area should look into our Optimal Lifestyle Medicine Program. For more information visit the Optimal Lifestyle Medicine page under Services on our website.