Presenter: John Lugo, PT, DPT, ECS
Thorough and comprehensive examinations and evaluations are important factors in the assessment of patients with hand and upper extremity dysfunction. A quality assessment will enable the managing clinician to choose the best treatment interventions needed to address a patient’s impairment and dysfunction. An electrodiagnostic (EDX) exam produces reliable and sensitive information regarding the functional integrity of the peripheral nervous system. This information can be used to confirm the presence of pathology and differentiate a focal mononeuropathy from a radiculopathic process or peripheral polyneuropathy.
EDX testing is a tool that can be performed by qualified allied health care providers as part of the assessment of their patients to aid their clinical decision-making. It is also important for all allied health care providers to understand the information contained in an EDX exam report and to recognize when a test result can be misleading. The principles of EDX testing will be presented along with a summary of the critical items of an EDX exam report. Case-based scenarios will be portrayed to demonstrate how clinical treatment decisions can be altered by test results. The results of a recent study demonstrating the impact of EDX on patient management will be presented.
Upon completion of this course, participants will:
- Describe the basic principles and procedures of EDX testing
- List the necessary components of an EDX exam report
- Apply the results of diagnostic tests to the management of patients with hand and upper extremity dysfunction
Originally Presented: June 2020
Duration: One hour
CE Credit: 1 continuing education hour, or 0.1 CEU
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