Electromyography / Nerve Conduction (EMG/NCV)
- Carpal tunnel like symptoms?
- Fibromyalgia like symptoms?
- Arm or Leg pain?
- Muscle cramping?
- Muscle weakness?
- Muscle fatigue?
EMG/NCV testing can help you identify the cause of your patient’s symptoms and should be used concurrently with imaging modalities to provide real time and live recordings which allow the practitioner to better assess the severity and significance of common findings seen on imaging studies including bulging discs or degenerative changes.
EMG/NCV testing is primary way to diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome and delineate which patients need decompression and which patients can be managed conservatively.
EMG/NCV can be crucial in determining severity and chronicity of injuries in workman’s compensation cases.
EMG/NCV testing is the primary way to diagnosis diseases of the muscle and helps guide practitioners in selecting appropriate sites for biopsy when indicated.
If the EMG/NCV testing is normal but patients are still having uncomfortable painful or burning parasthesias; skin biopsy testing can be performed to evaluate for small fiber neuropathy. Small fiber neuropathy is a disorder that does not manifest on routine EMG/NCV testing and can cause extremely painful parasthesias.