Frequently asked questions
The comprehensive muscular activity profiler (CMAPPro™) is a dynamic neuromuscular assessment tool. Complementing your physician’s clinical expertise, a CMAP evaluation can provide the necessary information to help develop a more effective treatment plan.
What is a soft tissue injury?
Even simple everyday activities can damage ligaments, tendons, and muscles resulting in soft tissue injury. Sprains, strains, contusions, tendonitis, bursitis and stress injuries are the most common. Soft Tissue Injuries are often the result of a single episode, such as a fall, a sudden twist or a blow. In addition, repeated overuse from ongoing athletic activities or work related activities can also be a factor.
How does CMAP help identify soft tissue injuries?
The CMAP test captures information about the interaction of muscles and nerves while you are in motion. It also simultaneously measures your range of motion and strength (functionality). The collected data helps your physician find the origin, nature, and course of injuries you may have. It is a scientifically validated tool that provides data complementing your physician’s clinical expertise. The combination allows for an early and accurate assessment which may lead to faster return to productivity.
How do I prepare for a CMAP test?
In order to prepare for a CMAP test, please:
- Drink at least 32 ounces of water on the day of the exam.
- Wear loose fitting clothes such as shorts, short sleeve shirt or tank top.
- Make certain your skin is free of lotions, oils or perfume.
Which anatomical (body) areas does CMAP evaluate?
There are 8 protocols designed to evaluate different areas:
- Median nerve (carpal tunnel)
- Hip and groin
- Foot and ankle
- Cervical (neck)
- Thoracic (chest)
- Lumbosacral (lower back)
- Lower extremities (leg)
Do I take my regular medications?
Yes. Please consult with your doctor if you have any further questions.
Can the CMAP test affect my pregnancy?
No. The CMAP test is a non-invasive test. There is no radiation involved either.
How long does the CMAP test last?
It takes 15-60 minutes depending on the protocol administered.
Is the CMAP test invasive or loading (is there lifting involved)?
The CMAP test is a non-invasive and non-loading evaluation. There are no needles and there is no heavy lifting involved. Sensors are applied to the areas tested, and patient goes through a series of simple movements.
Is CMAP FDA cleared?
Yes. The testing device has 510(K) clearance with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
What happens after a CMAP test?
Your physician will evaluate your CMAP test results in conjunction with your medical history, results from your physical examination, and any applicable lab tests in order to draw a comprehensive diagnosis.
How has CMAP helped others?
Here is a case of a patient who was able to avoid unnecessary knee surgery thanks to a CMAP evaluation. Mike is 35-year-old athlete who presented to his primary care physician with pain in his knee. He went through the usual examination, MRI and X-ray, but had no answers for his continued pain. He was about to have exploratory knee surgery in hopes of establishing a source of, and an end to, his pain. Mike was then referred to a physician who performed a CMAP evaluation on his lower back. Rather than a problem with his knee, Mike had possible nerve root irritation in his lumbar spine, which was suggested by the objective data collected by CMAP Pro. This information was provided to both Mike and his treating physician. Mike received several weeks of physical therapy to his back and has since fully recovered.