Ronald E. Snyder, M.D.     Rolando Amadeo, M.D.
Board Certified Specialists

EMG Procedures

Not all neurological issues originate in the brain or spine. There are plenty of motor neurons and nerve endings all throughout your body, and any of them can be subject to inflammation and injury – leading to major problems with strength, pain, and coordination.

In order to identify the origins and severity of any nerve injury, an EMG is applied. An EMG is a form of nerve testing, specifically to test the nerves and muscles, and discover a diagnosis that explains your pain. EMG nerve testing is actually two tests in one.

NCV EMG

The first part of an EMG is known as the Nerve Condition Velocity Test (NCV). The NCV EMG test tests the speed of the nerve impulse as it travels down the nerve. This type of nerve conduction testing determines how well your nerve conducts an electrical impulse – failure to do so promptly may explain certain issues in your body.

Once an EMG doctor knows how quickly your nerve reacts to the test, they can determine certain facts and rule out possible issues, further aiding in the identification of the true problem area within the nerve and/or muscle. The NCV is the most helpful test for diagnosing a number of nerve related pain, and is known as the number one EMG for carpal tunnel syndrome.

Electromyography

The second part of the test is the Electromyography (EMG). This test evaluates a specific muscle function, focusing on your muscle instead of your nerve.

If there is nerve irritation, or a disorder that affects the muscle, this test will discover why you have pain.

More Information

Although the basics are simple on paper, there is a lot of information on nerve testing, and how it can help you. Furthermore, as a reputed and thorough clinic we have certain questions you must answer before undergoing a nerve test. For your convenience, you may download our questionnaire and have it complete prior to your appointment.

Is there anything I need to do prior to the procedure?

For your convenience, you may download our questionnaire and have it complete prior to your appointment.

Notify the physician prior to the procedure if you are taking any blood thinners or have any active infections. With proper prior notification, we can either adjust our testing accordingly or reschedule as needed.

To keep things concise and ensure proper health, here are a few guidelines to follow to ensure that your nerve test is entirely safe:

  • Let the technologist know if you have any implanted device such as a pacemaker or a defibrillator.
  • Shower or bathe with warm water the day of testing.
  • Do not use lotion, oil, hair spray, gel or powder after you shower or bathe on day of testing.
  • Wear loose clothing; shorts are preferred if low back/leg symptoms, but you may be asked to wear a gown.
  • You can eat, drink, and take your medications as normal the day of the testing.
  • Test requires approximately one hour, depending on the areas being tested. Keep this in mind regarding bathroom breaks and possible hunger.

After the test is completed, you no longer have to worry – you can go about your day normally. There are no serious lasting effects due to undergoing a nerve test – as soon as we have a conclusive diagnosis, we can set about making your life a whole lot better.

 

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