“Neurology is almost like a detective novel,” says Dr. Lin Ma, MD of Turlock EMG & Neurology. ”Every patient is unique and it’s always a challenge.”
Dr. Ma recently joined the medical staff at Emanuel Medical Center. She practices general neurology as well as specializes in a technique that uses EMGs to localize a nerve problem in this office.
“EMGs have existed for a full century but the technology is much better today,” Dr. Ma says. “It is a very helpful diagnostic technique. For example, if you have numbness in your hand, it could be from a pinched nerve at the wrist, the elbow, the shoulder or the neck. The EMG could assist me in making the correct diagnosis. If you misdiagnose the problem and do unnecessary surgery, it will do more harm than good.” EMG is conducted by Dr. Lin Ma at Turlock EMG & Neurology, usually lasting 30 min to 1 hr.
As a young woman, Dr. Ma had originally planned to study marine biology for her love of the ocean and the life that inhabits it. After her mother became seriously ill, she instead attended medical school, hoping that she could learn enough medicine to save her mother. In the last year of medical school, she attended grand rounds during a clinical rotation in neurology, and was so inspired by the experience that she decided to become a neurologist.