If you’ve found our website, you’re probably looking for information on EMG/NCS testing. The test is relatively simple and non-invasive. The doctor will insert very tiny needles into your muscles and measure electrical activity. This shows the health of your nerves and muscles. Your doctor will order this test as one part of diagnosing the cause of nerve pain.
EMG/NCS testing can be part of the diagnosis process for several different conditions. One of the most common is carpal tunnel syndrome. The median nerve in the wrist runs through the carpal tunnel. When it is compressed, you feel numbness, pain, and tingling in the hands and fingers. A common cause is repetitive work with your hands. Often, this means computer work. Anti-inflammatory drugs, exercises, and creating a more ergonomic workspace can help alleviate carpal tunnel syndrome. However, if the pain continues for several months, your doctor may recommend surgery.
EMG/NCS Testing Can Diagnose Several Nerve Conditions
Peripheral neuropathy is another condition an EMG/NCS test can diagnose. It occurs when the nerves that run from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body are damaged. It can cause pain throughout the body, especially in the limbs. People with diabetes are more likely to experience this condition, but other health issues, including autoimmune disorders and tumors, can also cause it.
Finally, radiculopathy is diagnosed with EMG/NCS tests. It happens when a nerve root, which passes between vertebrae in the spine, gets pinched. A herniated disc or bone spurs are the usual underlying cause. It causes pain in the lower back and neck. You might also experience tingling or weakness in your neck, arms, back, and legs. Medication and physical therapy can help relieve symptoms. Some cases require surgery.
If you frequently experience the pain symptoms described, contact your doctor and ask about getting a diagnosis. Our office is following strict sanitation protocols and is open for testing. Feel free to contact us!