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Following is a list of press releases that have recently been released on new services, technology and patient care issues.

 

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Gordon Hospital Offers New Services

Gordon Hospital’s Neurodiagnostic/Sleep Center is expanding to offer two new services, Electromyograms (EMG) and Nerve Conduction Studies.

Designed to diagnose diseases that damage muscle tissue, nerves, or the junctions between nerve and muscle, an electromyogram (EMG) measures the electrical impulses of muscles at rest during contraction. It does this by looking at how well the electrical currents in the nerves are being transmitted to the muscles. By inserting tiny electrodes into the muscles of the legs, stimulating the nerve going to the legs, and evaluating how long it takes the electrical signal to reach the muscle, conditions such as herniated disc, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or myasthenia gravis (MG) can be identified. The test evaluates the cause of weakness, paralysis, involuntary muscle twitching, or other symptoms.

Nerve Conduction Studies are offered to detect damage to the peripheral nervous system, which includes all the nerves that lead away from the brain and spinal cord and the smaller nerves that branch out from those nerves. These studies are often used to help diagnose nerve disorders, such as carpal tunnel syndrome. This syndrome is a condition in which the median nerve is pinched in the wrist, and can produce numbness, weakness or pain the hand. The study is performed by applying a brief electrical pulse through a pair of electrode probes to the skin overlying a nerve, and generating a set of precisely timed nerve impulses. With another electrode taped to the skin over another portion of the same nerve or over a muscle connected to the nerve being studied, the physician can measure how quickly nerve-impulses travel from the point of stimulation to the point of recording. This study can help diagnose pinched, damaged, or under-functioning nerves.

For more information contact Gordon Hospital at (706) 624-5060.


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Gordon Hospital
1035 Red Bud Rd
Calhoun, GA 30701
(706) 629-2895