Electromyography (EMG) and nerve conductions studies are a test of the function of your muscles and nerves. EMG's are a diagnostic test done in our office by our doctors, in order to diagnosis, help assess, and help prognosticate muscular or neurological conditions. It is used to assess such problems as carpal tunnel syndrome, radiculopathies (pinched nerves), and neuropathies ( for example neuropathy from diabetes). EMG’s give a great deal of information on how your nerves and muscles are functioning, severity of problem, if it is improving or worsening, and a time frame for how long it has been occurring. The testing tells us how your muscles and nerves are functioning. It can show if there is muscle or nerve damage, where the damage is coming from, and how long it has been there. Our doctors perform these tests and not a technician, ensuring the best results and making the testing better tolerated. We have a great deal of experience in performing these examinations. We perform these tests for many hand surgeons and spine surgeons, who entrust us with performing these sensitive examinations for them.
The test takes between 20 to 40 minutes to perform, with results available upon completion. We can give a written report to a surgeon, yourself or primary care physician immediately upon completion. The test involves two parts. The first part involves surface electrodes and small electric shocks used to stimulate and measure the nerves functioning. The second part, tests the muscles. The muscles are tested with a small needle electrode to assess the muscles functioning. This sterile, single use electrode is small and thin, similar to the size of an acupuncture needle. The test is well tolerated in our expert hands. Side effects are only temporary, local uncomfortable sensation. Most people tolerate the test without any discomfort or problems. By having the test done with us, you can be confident that we will make the test as comfortable as possible while obtaining the best results.