Dr. Best is a Board-Certified specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R). You can think of PM&R as a cross between neurology and orthopedics. PM&R training covers a wide range of medical conditions affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons. As such, PM&R doctors have expertise in treating many conditions from traumatic brain injury to pinched nerves to sports injuries. Our specialty is unique in that we focus on helping patients back to their prior level of function at home and at work.
Dr. Best is additionally board-certified for to perform electrodiagnostic testing (EMG's). An EMG is used to assess nerve damage. Reports are done immediately and given to patient and faxed to the referring doctor.
Dr. Best takes a comprehensive approach to diagnosis and treatment. In addition to EMG testing, x-rays, MRI's and other tests may be ordered. Treatment focuses on the whole person, not just the problem area. Dr. Best works with a patient's primary care doctor and other specialists including neurologists, orthopedic surgeons, rheumatologists and others. Treatment team members may include physical therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists and other health care professionals. Dr. Best works with patients to find the right medications, which may range from prescriptions to homeopathic topical creams. Additionally, Dr. Best may perform joint, trigger point and other injections as part of a comprehensive treatment plan.
William Beaumont Hospital
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Wayne State University School of Medicine
Bachelor of Arts
American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
American Board of Electrodiagnositic Medicine
St. Joseph Mercy Oakland
WHAT IS AN EMG?
An EMG or a test to study nerve and muscle function. The test is performed by Dr. Best who is Board Certified by the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine. Dr. Best has over 20 years of experience.
Who is an EMG ordered for?
People who have EMG’s may complain of pain, numbness, tingling, weakness and/or spasms. EMG’s are ordered for “pinched nerves”, carpal tunnel, “slipped discs”, sciatica, neuropathy and other conditions.
How is it done?
During the first part of the test certain nerves will be tested with a small electrical stimulus. This may feel like a small "spark" and cause your foot or hand to jump a bit. This tells how fast your nerves send electrical signals.
For the second part of the test a very thin wire the size of an acupunture pin is gently inserted through the skin. This pin is coated with Teflon allowing it to pass smoothly. The pin is sterile and will be thrown away upon completion of the test. Dr. Best will study the EMG screen to see and hear for normal and abnormal electrical patterns.
Does it hurt?
Every effort is made to ensure your comfort. Each step will be explained and you will know when a pin is to be inserted or when an electrical stimulus will be given. Only the thinnest, shortest pins available and the smallest electrical stimuli possible are used.
Almost everyone tolerates the test well. The test can be stopped immediately if it becomes uncomfortable at any time.
Because the pin passes through the skin, there may be some mild tingling or aching for a short time after the test. The EMG cannot harm your muscles or nerves. You will be able to drive after the test and/or return to work.
How do I get the results?
We will give you a copy of the results the same day. A copy is immediately faxed to your doctor. We can mail, email or fax copies to any other doctor you choose. Please ask Dr. Best at any time any questions you may have about the test.
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