Physiatry/Electromyography (EMG) - Central Texas Veterans Health Care System
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Physiatry/Electromyography (EMG)

Physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R), physiatry, or rehabilitation medicine, aims to enhance and restore functional ability and quality of life to those with physical impairments or disabilities. A physician having completed training in this field is referred to as a physiatrist or rehabilitation medicine specialist. Physiatrists specialize in restoring optimal function to people with injuries to the muscles, bones, tissues, and nervous system (such as stroke patients).

Rehabilitation physicians take the time needed to accurately pinpoint the source of an ailment. They then design a treatment plan that can be carried out by the patients themselves or with the help of the rehabilitation physician’s medical team. This medical team might include other physicians and health professionals, such as neurologists, orthopedic surgeons, and physical therapists. By providing an appropriate treatment plan, rehabilitation physicians help patients stay as active as possible at any age. Their broad medical expertise allows them to treat disabling conditions throughout a person’s lifetime.

Electromyography (EMG) is a technique for evaluating and recording the electrical activity produced by skeletal muscles. EMG is performed using an instrument called an electromyograph, to produce a record called an electromyogram. An electromyograph detects the electrical potential generated by muscle cells when these cells are electrically or neurologically activated. The signals can be analyzed to detect medical abnormalities, activation level, recruitment order or to analyze the biomechanics of human or animal movement.

Contact Info

Location

  • Temple, Building 163, Room BB120
    Waco 4800 Memorial Drive, Waco, TX 76711
    Austin 7901 Metropolis Dr, Austin, TX 78744

Contact Number(s)

  • 254-743-2632

Hours of Operation

  • M-F, 8:00a - 4:30p