Nerves and muscles sometimes need specialized testing to diagnose disorders and diseases that might affect them properly. That’s why we provide electrodiagnostic testing, specifically electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction study (NCS).
Electromyography is a form of electrodiagnostic testing that involves placing tiny needles in a muscle and using those needles to measure the electrical activity in the muscle. A patient is asked to relax the muscle, then tense it. The needles then measure the amount of electrical activity produced by the patient’s stimulation of the muscle.
A nerve conduction study uses a series of electrodes placed over targeted nerves to measure the speed signals travel through the nerve. The electrodes are placed on the skin, and a small electric current stimulates the nerve. The electrodes then measure the speed as the signals travel through the nerve.
The EMG and NCS are often used together for the best results. The two forms of electrodiagnostic testing are used to diagnose injuries or conditions that affect the nerves, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, thoracic outlet syndrome, joint injuries, and other conditions.
EMG/NCS is often used on patients reporting problems with muscles or nerves, including pain, weakness, numbness, loss of motion, and other symptoms. The tests are used to determine the severity and progression of any nerve damage caused by injury or disease. Doctors can then use the results to determine the best path for the patient’s recovery.
If you would like more information on our EMG/NCS services, contact our office to schedule an appointment.