Electromyography / Nerve Conduction Velocities (EMG/NCV)
Electromyography/nerve conduction studies (more typically referred to as just EMG) is a form of electrodiagnostic testing that is used to study nerve and muscle function. Our studies are performed by a physician with specialized training for this procedure.
The study consists of two parts, both of which are performed by the doctor. In the first part (nerve conduction study), small discs known as electrodes are taped to the skin. The nerve is then electrically stimulated to evaluate its strength and speed. In the second part (electromyography), a small wire electrode is inserted into several muscles to listen to muscle activity both at rest and while you move the muscle.
The procedure averages between 15 to 30 minutes depending on the number of extremities being tested. The physician will explain each part of the examination as it is being performed. If you have any concerns during the procedure, please alert the physician who can modify the exam as needed.