EMG/NCV’s are electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction velocity (NCV) tests. They help evaluate and treat problems related to your nerves or muscles.
EMG simply means the measuring of the electrical activity of the muscles. Normal muscles give off a size, shape or a sound based upon electrical signals. Muscles that have a damaged nerve simply give off very different electrical signals. Analyzing these abnormal electrical signals in your muscles will help your doctor locate the specific site, nature, and extent of nerve damage if any.
Some examples of conditions to diagnose are:
- Pinched nerves in the neck or back
- Compressed nerves in the wrist (carpal tunnel syndrome) at the elbow, the knees or other areas
- Neuropathies, such as the numbness in the hands and feet
Nerve Conduction studies measure the speed of conduction of an electrical impulse through a nerve. NCS can determine nerve damage and destruction. During this type of exam, the nerve is stimulated, usually with surface electrode patches attached to the skin.
Some examples of conditions this test can diagnose are:
- Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease
- Peripheral nerve injury
- chronic inflammatory polyneuropathy
- chronic inflammatory neuropathy
- herniated disk disease
- carpal tunnel
- sciatic nerve complications
- Guillain-Barre Syndrome
If you have been through other nerve tests and no diagnosis was made, the EMG and NCV Tests are the ideal option to obtain a thorough examination and obtain results. If you feel you have complications due to nerve or muscle damage, please consult with a doctor from Sea Spine Orthopedic Institute today to obtain expert counsel. Your health is of the utmost importance to us and should your doctor recommend this type of test, you will be better prepared and educated as to what it can do.
To make an appointment for EMG and NCV Tests simply call the office nearest you (we have locations in Orlando, Longwood, and Jacksonville, FL. We look forward to helping you obtain answers to what is causing your ailments and discomfort and having our elite staff of orthopedic doctors and surgeons provide you with the best treatment available. You can also visit our contact page in order to reach one of our staff members in an online format.