How Can Proper EMG/NCS Testing Improve Your Life?
Do you suffer from numbness, muscle spasms, decreased sensation or weakness, tingling, radiating pain or burning or do you have trouble buttoning clothes, handling objects or walking? If so, EMG/NCS testing performed by a licensed Electrophysiology Clinical Specialist (ECS) can help correctly diagnose your problem and develop the best treatment plan.
At Beyond Diagnostics, our Electrophysiology Clinical Specialists (ECS) are highly trained in performing and analyzing the most reliable and accurate EMG, NCS or MSKUS testing in a timely manner. Board Certification distinguishes the Beyond Diagnostics ECS therapists as professionals in the field of diagnostic testing.
What is an EMG/NCS Test and How Does it Help Our Patients?
Electromyography (EMG) is a form of electrodiagnostic testing that is used to study nerve and muscle function. It is frequently performed with a Nerve Conduction Study (NCS) to give a more complete picture of a patient’s neuromuscular condition.
Beyond Diagnostics ECS therapists have used EMG/NCS testing to help diagnose and treat patients suffering with carpal and cubital tunnel syndrome, a pinched nerve, radiculopathy, tendonitis, sciatica, neuropathies, muscle diseases, muscular dystrophy, Lou Gehrig’s disease and myasthenia gravis.
When performed properly, EMG testing can provide specific information about the extent of nerve and/or muscle injury, the exact location of injury, and can give some indication whether the damage is reversible.
What Should You Expect from EMG/NCS Testing?
The two-part assessment may result in some discomfort, but is usually well tolerated. The NCS entails stimulating the nerves at different points with small electric impulses, artificially activating them so their function can be measured. The EMG needle exam involves inserting very fine pins – used for only one patient, and never recycled – into several muscles. The pin has a microscopic electrode that picks up both the normal and abnormal electrical signals given off by a muscle. EMG testing usually takes anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes, depending on the condition being tested and findings of the study. At Beyond Diagnostics, a thorough report that includes the results and an interpretation will be sent to your doctor.
What Should You Know Before an EMG/NCS Test?
An EMG test is extremely safe. Side effects may include some muscle soreness, which rarely lasts more than an hour or two after the exam.
At Beyond Diagnostics, we ask our patients to wear loose clothing to make it easier to do the test. The electrodes are attached to your skin so please make sure your skin is clean and don’t use any sprays, oils, creams or lotions.
For more information on Beyond Diagnostics or to schedule an appointment with one of our clinical Electro-Physiologists, please call our clinic at (631) 361-5111. You may also [click here] to use our online appointment scheduling form.
Beyond Diagnostics has three convenient locations:
59 Landing Avenue, Suite 4
Smithtown, NY 11787
200 Railroad Avenue, Suite 1
Sayville, NY 11782
20 West Main Street, Suite 102
Riverhead, NY 11901