An accurate diagnosis can be the difference between chronic pain and a cure.
Electromyography and Nerve Conduction Studies
Electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction studies (NCS) diagnose numbness, tingling, pain and weakness. EMG involves insertion of a fine acupuncture-type needle into a muscle and NCS involves stimulating nerves and observing electrical signals on a computer. Dr. Bodor reviews and contributes articles to the journal Muscle & Nerve and is a Fellow Member of the American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine.
Musculoskeletal ultrasound (US) has higher resolution than MRI for nerves, muscles, tendons and ligaments close to the skin and allows patients to provide feedback as to whether the area being scanned is tender and possibly the source of symptoms. Dr. Bodor and his fellows have written a number of book chapters and peer reviewed publications related to musculoskeletal ultrasound and spoken at nearly 100 national and international conferences.
Anesthetic blocks can be used to figure out the cause of pain and lead to a solution. When local anesthetic is injected around a suspected painful part of the body and the pain goes away, then that structure is likely the cause of the pain. Sometimes several injections have to be done to confirm the diagnosis. Dr. Bodor and his fellows have published book chapters and taught at the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and the International Society of Ultrasound and Regional Anesthesia.
In 2006, two patients were referred to our clinic for worsening shoulder pain following vaccine injections. Inflammation of the brachial plexus nerves was suspected, but we discovered a new condition affecting the shoulder. Our research and analysis helped us develop a treatment which resolved their pain and restored their function. The cases were published in the journal Vaccine in 2008. In 2015, the US Department of Health and Human Services recognized shoulder injury related to vaccine administration (SIRVA) as a compensable condition under the Vaccine Injury Program.