Electrophysiologic testing is designed to analyze the health of nerves and muscles. Testing includes nerve conduction testing (NCV) and electromyography (EMG).
Nerve conduction testing involves attaching surface electrodes to your skin and applying mild electrical currents to your skin. Your muscles will twitch and your skin will tingle but the test will not harm you. The speed of your nerves is calculated.
In electromyography a sterile, disposable fine needle electrode is inserted into various muscles. When the needle is inserted you will feel as if you skin is being pinched. The needle is really a very sensitive electrical microphone that transmits electrical signals from your muscle into a computer or oscilloscope for analysis.
Robert A. Sellin, PT, DSc
Board Certified in Clinical Electrophysiology
Dr. Sellin graduated from East Carolina University with a degree in Physical Therapy in 1978. He received a Master's of Science in Physical Therapy with a Specialization in Musculoskeletal Disorders from the University of Southern California in 1985. He earned a Doctor of Science Degree in Electrophysiologic Physical Therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, Provo, Utah in 2001.
He is a veteran of both the United States Coast Guard and 16 years as a physical therapist and electromyographer in the United States Navy. Since retiring from the Navy in 1994 Dr. Sellin has been working full time in Clinical Electrophysiology while teaching locally, and nationally, in entry level and post entry level physical therapy programs.
Throughout his career Dr. Sellin has been very active in both state and national physical therapy associations. He is a past president of the Kentucky Physical Therapy Association and past president of the American Physical Therapy Association's Academy of Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management.
He is the past Chair of the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists (ABPTS). The ABPTS coordinates and oversees the specialty certification process in physical therapy in the United States.
Bob is an avid runner who spends most of his free time with his wife, adult children and six grandchildren.
What do I need to do for the test?
For tests of the upper extremities wear loose fitting clothing that will allow access to the entire arm.
For tests of the lower extremities it is best to wear or bring a pair of shorts. If you don't have shorts we have disposable paper shorts for your use.
Please AVOID the use of LOTIONS OR OILS on the limbs being tested prior to the test. (Lotions or oils block electrical impulses).