Electromyography and Nerve Conduction Studies

What is Electromyography(EMG) and Nerve Conduction Studies(NCS)?

It is a diagnostic study that checks the strength and viability status of muscles and the nerves that supply them

What does it entail?

The nerve conduction study part of the test involves electrical stimulation of the nerves and checking the time, speed and integrity of the electrical current through the nerves, while the needle electromyography part involves thin needle prick of 5-7 muscles to define the extent of damage of the muscles with its associated iiritability

Is the test not painful?

There could be some discomfort from the needle prick and the electrical stimulation but most people are able to tolerate the discomfort.

What should I do before coming for the test?

Because sticking electrodes are apply to the skin in the process of performing the nerve conduction part of the test, it is always advisable that no lotion should be applied to the extremities to be tested when coming for the test. The tests could also last between 30-60 minutes, so be prepared to spend that period of time.

Who Performs the test ?

While there are offices where technicians perform the test, Dr Dawodu personally performs the test himself as the ability to perform it requires a thorough understanding of clinical conditions, physiological principles and electricity/physics. The physician performing the EMG must be highly skilled and Board Certified. Dr. Dawodu has received extensive training in the performance and interpretation of electrodiagnostic testing and he is board certified by the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine.

 

 

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