Blog

Understanding EMGs

What is an EMG?

A nerve in the body works somewhat like an electrical wire in your house.  To make sure the wire is functioning properly, an electrician may test the wire with a series of electrical currents.  Failure of the electrical current to go through test helps identify failures in the circuits or connectivity.

Similar to testing electrical wires in your house, an Electromyography (EMG) is a diagnostic procedure to assess the health of muscles and the nerve cells that control them (motor neurons).  Motor neurons transmit electrical signals that cause muscles to contract. An EMG translates these signals into graphs, sounds or numerical values that a specialist interprets.

Why is an EMG ordered?

Your doctor may perform an EMG if you’re experiencing symptoms that may indicate a muscle or nerve disorder.  These symptoms may include tingling, numbness, muscle weakness, muscle pain or cramping, paralysis, involuntary muscle twitching (or tics).  It also helps to discover how severe the condition is and how a nerve is responding to injury or to treatment.

June is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

What Are The Signs & Symptoms Of Alzheimer’s Disease?

Memory Loss

Signs of memory loss related to Alzheimer’s disease may include:

  • Asking the same questions over and over again, repeating information, or completely forgetting previous conversations
  • Forgetting important dates, appointments, and life events and not remembering that they have been forgotten later on
  • Regularly forgetting where items have been placed or putting items in places that do not make any sense, such as putting the TV remote in the oven or car keys in the medicine cabinet

Increased Confusion

People with the disease may not be able to correctly interpret what is happening around them or what is going on in their immediate surroundings. For example, people with Alzheimer’s may understand that they are in a store, but they may not recognize that it is a drugstore or know how they got there. Over time, they may get lost in locations that were once familiar to them, like the local shopping mall.

Trouble Concentrating

A person with Alzheimer’s disease may have difficulty thinking or concentrating on tasks that involve numbers, such as balancing a checkbook. They may also have trouble keeping track of regular financial activities, such as managing household or business finances. Other difficulties can include being unable to multitask or engage in activities that involve multiple steps, like planning for weekly food shopping or preparing meals that have been made many times before.

Trouble With Words

People with Alzheimer’s disease may have difficulty finding the right words during work, social conversations, or any activities that involve writing. They also may have trouble identifying objects, places, and people.

Support Organizations That Can Help

Sometimes it can help to connect with others who may also be facing the same issues and challenges as you. Learn more about support organizations in your area that can help you build a support network and gather information.

Upcoming Neurology Events

Looking to connect and find support in Charleston?  Check out these great events!

April 9th– MS Walk

April 23rd– American Heart and Stroke Association’s Ball

May 20th or June 17th– MS Support Group Meeting, Summerville

June- Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month

September 17th – Alzheimer’s Walk (River Front Park)

September 24th– The Lowcountry Heart Walk

November- Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

“When in doubt, sit it out”

Each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as 3.8 million sports-related concussions occur in this country. Not all of these are the result of playing football, of course, but football — in particular the NFL — has been the primary focus of concussion-related coverage. These numbers refer to sports related concussions so it does not even include other accidents that occur.

It is important to know when experiencing any head trauma, when it is time to “sit it out”. In order to avoid further damage or injury you need to know when it is best to NOT go back into the game and to rest after a head  trauma occurs. This not only pertains to sports but also things like car wrecks and other brain injury accidents. There are a few helpful symptoms to know about that can help you realize if it is time to sit it out!

Symptoms of a concussion/ head trauma:

  • Appearing dazed
  • Headache or a feeling of pressure in the head
  • Temporary loss of consciousness
  • Fatigue
  • Confusion or feeling as if in a fog
  • Slurred speech
  • Amnesia surrounding the traumatic event
  • Dizziness or “seeing stars”
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Delayed response to questions

If you experience a concussion or brain injury and have prolonged symptoms, it is best to see a doctor. Make an appointment with Dr. David Stickler of Neurology Specialists of Charleston to make sure there is no further damage. (843)410.0924

2016 Giving BACK Scholarship

It’s that time of year again…

For the fifth year running, Pain Specialists of Charleston is proud to support Lowcountry students graduate and pursue their collegiate dreams through our “Giving BACK” Scholarship.

One $3,000 Scholarship is Available to Lowcountry High School Seniors!

Students from both private and public schools are encouraged to apply.  All districts – including but not limited to Charleston, North Charleston, Summerville, West Ashley, Mount Pleasant and Daniel Island school districts – are eligible.

To qualify, applicants must have a history of volunteering and must have plans to attend a four-year institution of higher learning.  Other application criteria:

  • Completed 2016 Scholarship Application and the “Giving BACK to My Community” essay
  • Copy of high school transcript
  • One letter of reference from volunteer organization

This scholarship program is open to both public and private school systems. Get the Application HERE!

Questions may be directed Pain Specialists of Charleston’s Marketing & Communications Director at 843-818-2478.

DEADLINE: April 8th, 2016

Please send completed application, essay, transcript and letter of reference to:

Pain Specialists of Charleston

Attention: 2015 Scholarship

2695 Elms Plantation Blvd – Suite A

Charleston SC 29406

-OR- Scan and email it to: LVaughn@painchas.com -SUBJECT: Scholarship 2016