Nerve damage can cause a range of symptoms, from pain to muscle weakness, that may be difficult to diagnose. A nerve conduction study and electromyography (EMG) are diagnostic tests that assess nerve and muscle function. The orthopedic team at 360 Orthopedics in Sarasota, Venice, and Lakewood Ranch, Florida, performs nerve conduction studies and EMGs at the office. To get the answers you need to explain your symptoms, call the office or book online today.
A nerve conduction study and electromyography (EMG) are diagnostic tests that help explain why you may be experiencing muscle pain or weakness. The team at 360 Orthopedics performs the tests at the office. They usually conduct both tests on the same day.
360 Orthopedics offers nerve conduction studies and EMGs to help their patients get answers to explain their symptoms. The practice also performs the diagnostic tests for patients referred by area physicians.
The team provides specific instructions on how to prepare for your nerve conduction study and EMG before the test. You may need to modify your medication schedule prior to the test to prevent inaccurate results.
A nerve conduction study measures nerve function. It depicts whether your body’s electrical signals are traveling to the nerve as expected.
During your study, your provider attaches electrodes to your skin, and these electrodes send mild electrical impulses to activate the nerve. The activity is then recorded by another electrode that assesses the speed of the nerve messaging transmission.
You may feel a mild shock-like sensation during your nerve conduction study, but most patients tolerate the test.
An EMG measures electrical activity in the muscles. The tool helps diagnose nerve or muscle dysfunction or problems with nerve-to-muscle communication.
During an EMG, your provider at 360 Orthopedics places a thin, fine needle into your muscle, which records nerve activity.
Your provider may ask you to relax and contract your muscles at various times throughout the test. You may feel some pain at the site of the needle, but your discomfort resolves as soon as they remove the needle.
Your orthopedic expert at 360 Orthopedics, or your primary care provider, determines if you need a nerve conduction study and EMG. The diagnostic tests may be recommended if you’re experiencing symptoms that may indicate a nerve or muscle disorder, such as:
The team at 360 Orthopedics may also recommend the diagnostic nerve studies to confirm or rule out various conditions such as muscular dystrophy, carpal tunnel syndrome, or nerve root dysfunction from a herniated disc.
To schedule your nerve conduction study and EMG, call 360 Orthopedics or book an appointment online today.