Nerve Conduction Studies (NCS) and Electromyography (EMG)
NCS and EMG tests are electrodiagnostic procedures that measure the electrical activity of muscles and nerves. NCS uses electrode stickers applied to the skin to measure the speed and strength of electrical signals between two points. During an EMG, a small needle electrode about the size of an acupuncture needle is inserted into the muscle and records the electrical activity of that muscle. Together, these tests can reveal nerve dysfunction, muscle dysfunction or problems with nerve-to-muscle signal transmission to help in the diagnosis of neuromuscular disease.
What to expect during NCS and EMG procedures
Why you might need an NCS and EMG
Your physician may want you to have the tests to diagnose and determine treatment options related to a nerve or muscle disorder. Symptoms may include:
- Muscle weakness
- Spasms or cramping
- Pain in the limbs
NCS and EMG tests help diagnose neuromuscular conditions including the following:
- Focal nerve damage, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
- Diffuse nerve damage, for example, diabetes-related polyneuropathy
- Diseases of nerve roots, for instance, herniated disc
- Pinched nerve (radiculopathy) in the neck and lower back
- Muscle disorders, such as muscular dystrophy
- Inflammation of muscles
- Nerve-muscle junction diseases, such as myasthenia gravis
- Motor neuron disorders, such as ALS, sclerosis, or polio
- Disorders of brachial/lumbosacral plexus, thoracic outlet syndrome
Accreditation with Exemplary status is the highest level of accreditation recognized by the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM).
NeuroDiagnostic Laboratories is the only neurodiagnostic testing group of its kind in Arizona with Exemplary Accreditation Status.
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