ELECTROMYOGRAPHY/ NERVE CONDUCTION STUDY
EMG stands for Electromyography and NCS stands for Nerve Conduction Studies.
EMG/NCS testing is easy, safe and reliable.
- An EMG (Electromyogram) measures the electrical activity of muscles at rest and during contraction. Nerves control the muscles in the body by electrical signals (impulses), and these impulses cause the muscles to react in specific ways. Nerve and muscle disorders cause the muscles to react in abnormal ways. During an Electromyography study, a very small pin is inserted in the muscle that helps us evaluate the condition of your muscles.
- NCS (Nerve Conduction Studies) also referred to sometimes as NCV (Nerve Conduction Velocity) are used to measure the health of your nerves. Mild electrical stimulation is administered to the skin directly overlaying the nerve. The response is measured by a second set of electrodes applied to the surface of the skin. This impulse produces a visual signal on a computer monitor, and when analyzed, it can provide information about the condition of the nerve.
The results of EMG/NCS testing can be a valuable tool for your
EMG and Nerve Conduction Studies should not be performed separately because together these two tests are much more powerful and provide us with more complete data than when they are performed individually.
Measuring the electrical activity in muscles and nerves can help identify a wide range of problems and the exact location of a problem. It can tell you where a nerve is trapped or pinched and help identify diseases that damage muscles or nerves.
An EMG/NCS test may be the right test for you if you have numbness and tingling in your hands, feet, arms or legs, or pain or sensations radiating down the arms or legs, or weakness anywhere in the body.
Our team of highly trained professionals, always in the closest cooperation and communication with the patient and ordering physician, is here to provide you with a pleasant and comfortable experience, and to obtain the most valuable information needed for your physician.
Proper testing will help in getting a correct diagnosis that leads to the best treatment for you. EMG/NCS testing can be part of your health solution!
Call Hands on Diagnostics of Alaska now to schedule an appointment or for more information, at (907) 290-4760.