Electromyography (EMG) is an advanced diagnostic tool that evaluates the health of muscles and nerves that control muscles. EMG is one aspect of a complete diagnostic assessment in patients that have specific and persistent symptoms such as abnormal sensation, muscle weakness, impaired muscle strength, atrophy, and chronic muscle pain, and can help differentiate between problems originating within nerves from those originating within muscle tissue.
EMG is performed by inserting several small needle electrodes into the muscle tissue that is being tested. In conjunction with electromyography, Nerve Conduction Studies (NCS) are typically performed in order to determine the origin of a condition and to assist in developing a prognosis. These combined tests measure the electrical activity of targeted muscles and surrounding nerves while at rest, during slight contraction of the muscle, and while the muscle is being fully contracted.
Conditions ranging from relatively minor nerve or muscle damage to more serious neurologic disorders can be detected through the use of an EMG and NCS test. In addition to testing for the origin of conditions related to muscle weakness or pain, atrophy or abnormal sensation, EMG is often used as a precautionary measure in those with a family history of genetic muscular or nervous system disorders, such as muscular dystrophy, myasthenia gravis and spinal muscular atrophy.
At New York Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy, we utilize the most advanced technology available in order to diagnose and treat each patient. EMG and NCS are advanced diagnostic tools that can provide insight into the root cause of a muscular or nerve related problem and can expedite the recovery process.
Dr. Michael Neely assesses each patient’s symptoms and concerns during his initial consultation, and when he believes that specific diagnostic tests are warranted in order to get to the root of a problem or to determine the source of pain, he discusses those options in depth with the patient. This allows patients to make an informed decision about utilizing this advanced technology in order to confirm diagnosis and to ultimately begin the healing process. Our patients are active participants in every aspect of their treatment and each patient’s symptoms and concerns are considered during all aspects of diagnosis and treatment.
Based on results of tests such as electromyography and nerve conduction studies, customized treatment plans are developed for patients with the goal of returning them to the most optimal quality of life possible.