The advanced care you & your doctor can count on.
Dr. Chu is a neuromuscular and EMG specialist, in addition to being a neurologist. Our highly specialized care is focused on the kinds of neuromuscular problems that can cause you pain, numbness, weakness, or keep you from your best quality of life and, sometimes, pose a serious threat to your health.
We care for people with the full spectrum of neuromuscular disorders, from relatively simple pinched or compressed nerves (like carpal tunnel syndrome or low back pain) to potentially dangerous neuromuscular diseases.
EMG & Neuromuscular Medicine
One of the most important services we offer is electrodiagnostic medicine. Electromyography (EMG) gives your doctor essential information about the health and function of your nerves and muscles. With fellowship training at Harvard University, Dr. Chu is one of the few physicians in the Houston area with special expertise in electrodiagnostic and neuromuscular medicine.
Dr. Chu is triple-board certified in Neuromuscular Medicine, Neurology, and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (EMG) and has performed more than 30,000 EMG studies since 1999.
Many physicians and surgeons in Houston have trusted his service when they need clarification of diagnoses for surgery or workers compensation injury, or when they require a second-opinion for an undetermined differential diagnosis. He’s earned a reputation among doctors and patients alike for his precise, gentle approach and ability to get the most complete and accurate information available from this technique.
If you need an EMG, know that Dr. Chu and our team will make it as comfortable for you as possible. We’ll take the time to understand all your personal concerns and let you know exactly what to expect. In most cases, Dr. Chu will give you his initial findings from the test during your visit and provide your doctor with a timely full interpretation. If you need a full neuromuscular consultation, he’ll help you understand your condition and all the available treatment options. Making sure you’re informed and clear about the care you receive is an important part of our dedication to you.
Symptoms & Conditions Treated
If you have symptoms of pain, numbness, or weakness, you may have a neu- romuscular disorder that needs neurodiagnostic studies. Our founder, Dr. Allen Chu, is a caring neuromuscular specialist who has advanced training in neuromuscular diseases and EMG at Harvard Uni- versity and Massachusetts general Hospital. We specialize in the diagnosis, treatment and management of conditions like these:
If you have symptoms of pain, numbness, or weakness, you may have a neuromuscular disorder that needs neurodiagnostic studies. Our founder, Dr. Allen Chu, is a caring neuromuscular specialist who has advanced training in neuromuscular diseases and EMG at Harvard University and Massachusetts general Hospital. We specialize in the diagnosis, treatment and management of conditions like these:
Nerve diseases and disorders that can occur on their own, from some type of trauma or injury, or as the result of another illness that affects nerve function. A few examples:
■ Foot pain or numbness from diabetic peripheral neuropathy ■ Carpal tunnel syndrome
■ Sciatica, back pain, neck pain
■ Pinched nerve from degenerative spine or herniated disc
Diseases and disorders of the muscles can cause pain, along with weakness and/or fatigue, especially during or after exercise. These muscle disorders can be hereditary, emerge as complications of other dis- eases or sometimes as a side effect of certain medications. Dr. Chu and our team are highly experienced with evaluating and treating muscle diseases such as:
■ Muscular atrophy from muscular dystrophy ■ Muscle pain or weakness from Polymyositis
Complex neuromuscular and neuromuscular junction (NMJ) disorders:
■ ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) ■ Muscular dystrophy
■ Myasthenia gravis
■ Lambert-Eaton syndrome
Our EMG laboratories have received the "Accreditation with Exemplary Status" from the American Academy of Neuromuscular Disease and Electro-diagnostic Medicine (AANEM). We are proud to become the second EMG laboratory in Houston to receive such accreditation, following Houston Methodist Hospital downtown.