EMG (electromyography) and NCV (nerve conduction velocity) testing is now offered by Island Rheumatology and Osteoporosis, P.C. by residency-trained and board-certified electrophysiologist Dr. Scott Paskiewicz.
EMG (electromyography) and NCV (nerve conduction velocity) testing are commonly performed to diagnose and monitor conditions that affect the muscles and nerves. These tests are often done together to provide a complete evaluation of the neuromuscular system.
During an EMG, small electrodes are placed on the skin to detect and record the electrical activity of the muscles. This can help determine if there is any muscle damage or abnormal muscle activity. NCV testing, on the other hand, measures the speed and intensity of electrical signals as they travel along the nerves. This can help identify nerve damage or compression.
To prepare for an EMG and NCV test, there are a few things you should keep in mind:
During the test, small needles called electrodes will be inserted into the muscles being evaluated. You may experience some discomfort or pain during this part of the test, but it is usually well tolerated. Afterward, the electrical activity of the muscles and nerves will be recorded and analyzed. The entire procedure typically takes about 30-60 minutes to complete.
It is important to note that EMG and NCV tests are safe procedures and are generally well tolerated by patients. They provide valuable information to diagnose and manage a variety of neuromuscular conditions. If you have any questions or concerns about the test, be sure to discuss them with your healthcare provider beforehand.
EMG/NCV testing can help diagnose a range of conditions affecting the muscles and nerves.
Some common conditions that can be diagnosed through these tests include:
These are just a few examples, and EMG/NCV testing can also be used to diagnose other conditions such as muscular dystrophy, myasthenia gravis, and nerve injuries. The test results, along with a thorough clinical evaluation, help guide treatment decisions and monitoring of the condition.
In summary, EMG/NCV testing can help diagnose conditions affecting the muscles and nerves, such as peripheral neuropathy, radiculopathy, carpal tunnel syndrome, myopathy, ALS, Guillain-Barré syndrome, and others. These tests provide valuable information about the electrical activity and conduction of nerves and muscles, aiding in the accurate diagnosis and management of these conditions.