Electromyography (EMG) and Nerve Conduction Studies (NCS) are diagnostic procedures that provide specific information about the extent and location of nerve and muscle injuries. If you are experiencing weakness, muscle spasms, or difficulty with certain everyday tasks, you may be a candidate for either or both procedures. The results of EMG and NCS help pinpoint a proper diagnosis and help identify the specific treatment regimen that will work to alleviate the symptoms and resolve their underlying causes.
Both procedures take 30 to 90 minutes to perform. Some patients report minor discomfort, but most find the procedures uneventful. During the needle insertions you may experience small, sharp pricks, and at some points during the procedures you may feel the electrical impulses. Some people become anxious about this, but by and large, most people do not find Electromyography and Nerve Conduction Studies painful. They are very safe, effective and useful diagnostic tools.
You can return home and resume normal activities following the procedures. Most patients experience little or no symptoms, but some patients report mild soreness and tingling for up to two days. There are very few risks associated with these tests, and your doctor will discuss any concerns you may have prior to your appointment.
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