Electromyography and Nerve Conduction
What is Electromyography(EMG) and Nerve Conduction
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
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
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.