Who performs the test?
Dr. Weiss personally performs all electromyography and nerve conduction studies.
Why was this test ordered?
Electromyography (EMG) and Nerve Conduction Studies (NCS) may be recommended as part of your diagnostic assessment if you have abnormal sensation, muscle weakness, or radiating pain. Electromyography (EMG), involves testing the electrical activity of muscles. Nerve Conduction Studies measures the ability of nerves to transmit information. These tests can help determine the origin of your pain. Conditions ranging from relatively minor nerve or muscle damage to more serious neurologic disorders can be diagnosed with EMG/NCS.
What is the test like?
EMG/NCS generally takes 40 minutes to complete. People usually have a small amount of discomfort during EMG/NCS testing but rarely describe the test as painful.
During nerve conduction studies, small electrodes are taped to the skin or placed around fingers. You typically experience a brief and mild shock, which may be a bit unpleasant. Most people find it odd but not painful. The muscle will contract and the limb being tested may jump.
During EMG, small needles are inserted into muscles to measure electrical activity. The needles are different than needles used for injection of medications. They are small and solid, not hollow like hypodermic needles. Because no medication is injected, discomfort is much less than with shots.
When do I get my results?
Dr. Weiss will be able to provide you with results immediately after finishing the test.