Dr. John F. Long provides a wide spectrum of interventional, diagnostic, and therapeutic procedures. His wide array of knowledge can help identify the cause of pain, which will help to treat it more effectively. Many procedures include cervical, thoracic, and lumbar epidurals, facet injections, SI joint injections, medial branch blocks, and radiofrequency ablations (rhizotomy).
For non-spine pain, Dr. Long performs joint injections, either under fluoroscopic imaging or ultrasound, including hips, knees, shoulders, elbows, wrists and hands.
Nerve conduction studies along with needle electromyography measure nerve and muscle function, and may be indicated when there is pain in the limbs, weakness from spinal nerve compression, or concern about some other neurologic injury or disorder.
Nerve conduction studies are used mainly for evaluation of paresthesias (numbness, tingling, burning) and/or weakness of the arms and legs. The type of study required is dependent in part by the symptoms presented. A physical exam and thorough history also help to direct the investigation. Some of the common disorders that can be diagnosed by nerve conduction studies are:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
- Guillain–Barré Syndrome
- Guyon’s Canal Syndrome
- Peripheral Neuropathy
- Peripheral Neuropathy
- Peroneal Neuropathy
- Spinal Disc Herniation
- Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
- Ulnar Neuropathy
About Dr. John F. Long
John F. Long, D.O., FAAPMR, is a board certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) specialist. He completed his bachelors of science degree in Zoology at Iowa State University. He then earned a masters degree in Exercise Science at The University of Denver.
After working as an exercise physiologist, he attended medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, where he received his Doctor of Osteopathy (D.O.) degree. This was followed by a traditional osteopathic rotating internship at Parklane Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri.
Dr. Long then completed his specialty training in PM&R at Northwestern University in Chicago. While there he was chief resident and was on the faculty of the Feinberg School of Medicine/Northwestern University. He participated in research and trained in all aspects of rehabilitation and spine medicine, including interventional techniques as well as electromyography/nerve conduction study (EMG/NCS).
Dr. Long began practicing in Spokane in 2002.