Electromyography is a neurological test procedure used to measure electrical activity or muscle response to a nerve’s stimulation of a specific group of muscles. The test is also used utilized by doctors to detect neuromuscular abnormalities.
When is Electromyography (EMG) Needed?
An electromyography procedure is often ordered when a doctor needs to confirm whether your symptoms such as muscle pain, cramps, weakness, numbness and tingling are related to a nerve or muscle disorder.
The Electromyography (EMG) Procedure
The EMG test entails the placement of small needles (electrodes) through the skin into the muscle. The approximate location depends on where you are experiencing symptoms. An oscilloscope is then used to display the electrical activity picked up by the electrodes. Your doctor will most likely ask you to contract the muscle after the electrodes are inserted. That contraction is often assisted by a tiny electrical current. You may experience a twinge or spasm so slight discomfort or pain is to be expected. Do not hesitate to let your doctor know if it becomes too uncomfortable.
Northern Neurology Specialties, Dr. Jill Bressler – Electromyography (EMG) Testing
At our neurology practice, the technicians, Dr. Bressler and our consulting physicians are highly trained, seasoned professionals performing the electromyography test. Whether you are our patient or have been referred to us by your orthopedic surgeon, another specialist or your insurance carrier, our service to many patients in the Tri-state will assure your comfort throughout the procedure as well as confidence in the integrity of our reported results. If you’ve been referred to us, results of your test will be sent to your orthopedic surgeon or other physician by the days’ end so as not to delay any potential surgical interventions that may be planned or necessary by our confirmed diagnosis of your condition.
Call us today to schedule your EMG procedure or fill out the form to the right. If you have any questions about this diagnostic test, please call us at 1-516-364-4484.