LAWRENCE, MA and HYANNIS, MA, January 24, 2024 /24-7PressRelease/ — Drasko Simovic, MD, has been recognized as a 2024 Castle Connolly Top Doctor — the 11th year he has received the prestigious Top Doctor honor. Only 7 percent of the nation’s licensed physicians are selected annually as Castle Connolly Top Doctors in their regions for their specialties.

A distinguished neurologist and clinical neurophysiologist, Dr. Simovic uses electromyography (EMG) to evaluate and diagnose nerve and muscle disorders. He leads EMG Laboratory, the practice he founded in 1997.

EMG, also known as nerve-conduction testing and electromyography, is a state-of-the-art technology used to assess the function of the muscles and nerves.

Dr. Simovic helps to diagnose patients with a broad spectrum of suspected and diagnosed nerve and muscle conditions— from sciatica, neuropathy, and carpal tunnel syndrome to motor neuron disease, pinched nerves, and neck and back pain.

“EMG and nerve conduction studies (NCS) are tests that measure the electrical activity of nerves and muscles. Nerves send out electrical signals to make muscles react in certain ways. Nerves also send signals from the skin to the brain, which then processes the signals, so you can experience a variety of skin sensations,” said Dr. Simovic.

An EMG test helps find out if muscles are responding the right way and NCS help diagnose nerve damage or disease. These tests help doctors establish the diagnosis, argue for or against an alternative diagnosis, and determine the type and severity of the condition. With EMG and NCS results, doctors can next select the best therapeutic option to help their patients.

“During the test, there may be a very mild electrical stimulation applied to the patient’s extremities, and a very thin electrode needle will be inserted into some of the muscles to observe their reactions” Dr. Simovic explained. “This test makes use of highly-sophisticated computerized equipment, which measures the rate at which nerves conduct electrical impulses and assesses whether or not muscles have had damage or any interruption in their nerve supply.”

The test gives doctors information about disorders such as injured nerve roots and damaged nerve and muscle disorders. The information gathered during the EMG test allows for selection of the best possible treatment.

Visit emglaboratory.com for a wealth of information about the EMG test and neuromuscular disorders.

“We encourage patients to watch our EMG test video so they can be fully informed about what to expect during their visit,” Dr. Simovic said.

Broadly trained, Dr. Simovic is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Neurology and Clinical Neurophysiology, and by the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine and the American Board of Disability Analysts.

EMG Laboratory has earned the top National EMG Lab accreditation, as well as a number of professional and consumer recognitions.

In addition to his clinical responsibilities, Dr. Simovic serves as an assistant professor of neurology at Tufts University School of Medicine.

Dr. Simovic completed a neurology residency at Boston Medical Center, Boston University, and a two-year clinical neurophysiology and electrodiagnostic medicine fellowship at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Tufts University.

Top Doctors are nominated by peer physicians and selected by the physician-led Castle Connolly research team.

“I am grateful to be nominated for this recognition by other doctors who have been using our services for many decades. We strive to provide an impeccable service to the referring offices,” Dr. Simovic said.

“The quality and reliability of our EMG results have been validated not only by my colleagues but also as being an American Association of Neuromuscular Medicine accredited EMG laboratory with Exemplary status. My EMG Laboratory achieved this accreditation for high-quality performance, integrity, and patient care, exceeding a rigorous set of measures of excellence. I receive gratification in my daily work by helping patients on the path of wellness and establishing correct diagnoses.”

Dr. Simovic is affiliated with St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center of Boston, Lawrence General Hospital, and Cape Cod Hospital.

EMG Laboratory has locations in Hyannis and Lawrence, Mass.

About Castle Connolly
Castle Connolly publishes its Top Doctors list at castleconnolly.com and in a variety of print and online partner publications. Nominations are open to all board-certified MDs, DOs, and DPMs. The Castle Connolly team chooses honorees based on nominee criteria that includes their medical education, training, hospital appointments, and disciplinary histories.

Doctors do not and cannot pay to be selected as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor.

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Lateral Femoral Cutaneous Nerve

From: www.wheelessonline.com 

– Anatomy:    

– LFCN, as its name suggests, is purely sensory;    
– it arises from L2 and L3, travels downward lateral to the psoas muscle, crosses the iliacus muscle (deep to fascia), passes either thru or underneath the lateral aspect of the inguinal ligament, and finally travels onto innervate the lateral thigh;
– it divides into anterior and posterior branches and supplies skin on lateral aspect of thigh;
– in the study by Hospodar et al (JTO 1999), the course of the nerve was variable, but was most commonly found at 10-15 mm from the ASIS and as far medially as 46 mm from the ASIS;
– in no specimen did the nerve pass lateral to the ASIS (eventhough historically the nerve is thought to pass lateral to the ASIS in 10% of population);
– in all specimens the nerve passed underneath the ilioginal ligament and anterior to the iliacus muscle; 

– Meralgia Paresthetica: 

– entrapment syndrome of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve causing burning, numbness, and paresthesias down the proximal-lateral aspect of the thigh;
– may be idiopathic, be a result of trauma, previous operations, and in some cases may arise from Perthes Disease abduction splints;
– in idiopathic cases, the nerve may be encased in bone by the growing apophysis of the anterior superior iliac spine, or may be entrapped in fascia either proximal or distal to the ASIS;    
– diagnosis is made by:           
– reproduction of the pain by deep palpation just below the anterior superior iliac spine and by hip extension;           
– relief of pain by localized injection of lidocaine;    
– treatment: when diagnosis is not in doubt and the symptoms are severe, consider operative decompression at the site of constriction;


Electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction studies (NCS) are tests that measure the electrical activity of muscles and nerves. Nerves send out electrical signals to make your muscles react in certain ways. Nerves also send signals from your skin to your brain, which then processes the signals, so you can experience a variety of skin sensations.

  • An EMG Test looks at the electrical signals your muscles make when they are at rest and when they are being used.
  • A Nerve Conduction Study measures how fast and how well the body’s electrical signals travel along your nerves. EMG and nerve conduction studies are used to help diagnose a variety of muscle and nerve disorders and to quantify the severity of your condition.

An EMG test helps find out if muscles are responding the right way to nerve signals. Nerve conduction studies help diagnose nerve damage or disease. When EMG tests and nerve conduction studies are done together, they help doctors tell if your symptoms are caused by a muscle disorder or a nerve problem. With EMG and NCS studies, your doctor can next select the best therapeutic option to help you.