Become a Fellow of the College

Fellowship in the College if conferred on those that have demonstrated exemplary service to the AOCPMR and/or to the profession of osteopathic physiatry. For the first time ever, a new avenue to fellowship has been developed and the Executive Council, the current AOCPMR fellows and I are proud to announce that an official application is available for interested parties to download and complete.

Please click below to download the application and complete it and return it at your earliest convenience.

Fellowship Application Packet 2012

Journal Club June 2012: Electrodiagnosis for Radiculopathy

Article title:  The Electrodiagnosis of Cervical and Lumbosacral Radiculopathy
Bryan Tsao, MD
Neurologic Clinics, 2007; 25:473-494. 

Neck and back pain are the two of the most common reasons for outpatient PM&R office visits. This article discusses the anatomy and physiology of nerve root disease and the electrodiagnostic (EDX) approach to diagnosing cervical and lumbosacral radiculopathy. The electrodiagnostic examination can guide treatment if done correctly, and is done to confirm the presence of the radiculopathy, establish the nerve root level, determine the severity of disease, and rule out other peripheral nerve diseases with similar clinical presentations.

This article recommends that routine nerve conduction studies (NCS) and needle electrode examinations (NEE) should be performed on patients with suspected cervical or lumbosacral radiculopathies. NCS are performed by electrically stimulating peripheral nerves and measuring the nerves’ responses, such as onset latency, amplitude, and conduction velocity. The NEE is a sensitive technique used to detect motor axon loss and is the most useful diagnostic tool in radiculopathy after at least 3 weeks from the onset of symptoms. This exam is done by inserting a needle electrode into the muscle and detecting the electrical potential generated by muscle fibers after the electrode is stimulated. The NEE evaluates spontaneous activity, motor unit potential morphology, and motor unit potential recruitment. Muscle fibers that have abnormal nerve supplies will have distorted electrical potentials such as fibrillation potentials or positive sharp waves. Other methods of EDX such as somatosensory evoked potentials, thermography, and motor evoked potentials were discussed in this article, however they were found to be not useful routinely and to add little information to the EDX examination.

LEARN MORE by downloading the article and discussion below.

Full-text Article: AOCPMR Journal Club June 2012 Article
Review with Questions Download: AOCPMR Journal Club June 20112 Article Discussion

From the Executive Director

Thank you to eveyone who turned in the CME Reporting Form and the Outcome Measures Survey. CME hours from April's meeting will be reported to the AOA this week so please look for yours to be posted to your AOA account sometime soon. The lectures have been posted to the website for attendees to download.

A new job has been posted to the job board so please be sure to check that out and respond directly to the employer as instructed. Please remember that if you have a job opening, we will be happy to post it to our site.

We are hosting a dinner event in NYC next Monday, June 25 for our Physician Members. We will begin at 6:30 at Ben & Jack's Steakhouse at 255 Fifth Avenue and will have a presentation on successful financial planning. The information presented will be very helpful. There is no charge for this event for AOCPMR members. Please RSVP your attendance to Stephanie Wilson ASAP.

We are working on completing the Registration Packet for the Musculoskeletal UltraSound Course for the Lower Extremites. Look for that to be posted next week.

From the Executive Director: Philadelphia

We had a great meeting in Philadelphia last month. Thank you to our attendees, our exhbitors, our sponsors and and our presenters. Photos are posted on the AOCPMR FaceBook page so please take a look for that and be sure to "like" us on FaceBook. The lectures presented in Philadelphia will be posted this week and available for download for all members.

The Pain Medicine CAQ is moving forward very nicely and Ellen Woods will be providing a more detailed update in our newsletter that will be published later this week. Please be sure to look for that. Things are in place and set for a great meeting at OMED this October in San Diego. Visit the AOA website to register for that. We are planning our Musculoskeletal UltraSound Course for Breckenridge this January 17-20 and registration will open for that very shortly. Be sure to reserve early as the spots will fill up quickly.

Committees are in full action and working hard. There is plenty of room for anyone who would like to become more involved. Please consider it.

Check the website often for updates and notifications. We are working on the next generation of the site and appreciate feedback. Thanks.