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What is Electromyography and Nerve Conduction Studies (EMG)?

What is Electromyography and Nerve Conduction Studies (EMG)?


Electromyography and Nerve Conduction Studies (EMG) is the study of nerves. The muscles in your body move through the signals given out by the brain. These signals are carried by the nerves and the muscles act accordingly. An EMG is a device that measures how well your nerves tend to grasp onto the signal and how your muscles move. If the test picks up any kind of issue, then you might be diagnosed with a neuromuscular disorder.


When is Electromyography and Nerve Conduction Studies (EMG) recommended?


There are several reasons when you might need an EMG. Most of the times its related to numbness and tingling sensations felt in the muscles while performing the slightest of movements. When you have suffered a severe injury and are going under the recovery process, then to test the extent of damage on the nerves in the affected region EMG is very useful. Usually, it's used when all of the below-mentioned symptoms stay for a longer period of time.


- Extensive pain
- Numbness or tingling
- Weakness in muscle


Preparing for Electromyography and Nerve Conduction Studies (EMG)


It is simple and doesnt require any special attention before undertaking the tests. Before the tests, there are a couple of things that you might have to keep in mind on the morning before the tests.


- Take a shower but not with any lotions or moisturizers
- Avoid the intake of caffeine
- No smoking
- Consult the doctor in case you are on medication


Understanding Electromyography and Nerve Conduction Studies (EMG) results


After completion of the tests, it takes a day or two for the results to get delivered. There is nothing positive or negative about the tests. You will have a follow-up session with your doctor to discuss the results.

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