Back Bay Wellness offers a full range of diagnostic services:

Spinal X-rays

Pictures of the spine to find injuries or diseases that affect the discs or joints in the spine. These include spinal fractures, infections, dislocations, tumors, bone spurs, or disc disease. Spinal X-rays are also done to check the curvature of the spine (scoliosis) or for spinal defects.

Static Electromyography

Electromyography (EMG) is an electrical recording of muscle activity that aids in the diagnosis of neuromuscular disease. Muscles are stimulated by signals from nerve cells called motor neurons. This stimulation causes electrical activity in the muscle, which in turn causes contraction. EMG can determine whether a particular muscle is responding appropriately to stimulation, and whether a muscle remains inactive when not stimulated.

EMG is performed most often to help diagnose different diseases causing weakness. Although EMG is a test of the motor system, it may help identify abnormalities of nerves or spinal nerve roots that may be associated with pain or numbness. Other symptoms for which EMG may be useful include numbness, atrophy, stiffness, fasciculation, cramp, deformity, and spasticity. EMG results can help determine whether symptoms are due to a muscle disease or a neurological disorder, and, when combined with clinical findings, usually allow a confident diagnosis.

EMG can help diagnose many muscle and nerve disorders, including:

  • muscular dystrophy
  • congenital myopathies
  • mitochondrial myopathies
  • metabolic myopathies
  • myotonias
  • peripheral neuropathies
  • radiculopathies
  • nerve lesions
  • amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • polio
  • spinal muscular atrophy
  • Guillain-Barré syndrome
  • ataxias
  • myasthenias

Thermography

A diagnostic technique using a thermograph to record the heat produced by different parts of the body; used to study blood flow and to detect tumors.

Blood Chemistry Analysis

A comprehensive blood chemistry panel will allow the healthcare provider to quickly assess the degree of health or disease in a patient. It is the ultimate tool in biomedical laboratory sciences to evaluate new patients. It allows the healthcare provider to establish a baseline of biomarkers that can be used to track the patient’s health immediately and over a period of time.

Hair Analysis

Used as a method of investigation to assist screening and/ordiagnosis. The hair is sampled, processed and analyzed, studying the levels of mineral and metals in the hair sample. Using the results, as part of a proper examination or test protocol, we screen for toxic exposure and heavy metal poisoning as well as mineral deficiencies.

Neuro-Muscular Examination

Evaluation of functional capacities of patients suffering of neuromuscular disorders, particularly muscle strength, is a critical issue for their diagnosis and follow-up. Within the framework of any given disease or injury, such an evaluation improves our knowledge of the patient, and may help to anticipate and sometimes prevent further consequences as an injury or disease progresses. It is also helpful for identifying correlation between the severity of damage and the functional impact of the disease or injury on the patient.

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