EMG and NCV Testing are Vital to Determine Nerve and Muscle Function
Do you experience numbness, tingling, clumsiness, unexplained muscle weakness or loss of sensation? Are you suffering with pain in the neck, lower back, arm or leg? Is it difficult for you to walk, button a shirt or pick up objects? Do you think you may have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Myasthenia Gravis, Lou Gehrig's Disease, a pinched nerve or sciatica? If you are living with some of these symptoms or difficulties, or want to rule out a condition listed above, then an EMG may be recommended.
An EMG (Electromyography) is a safe, electrodiagnostic procedure, measuring nerve impulses in muscles during contraction. Nerves throughout the body exchange information with the brain via nerve impulses. An EMG detects normal/abnormal electrical function in nerves (peripheral nervous system) or muscles. It assists in the diagnosis of neuromuscular disease, neurological disorders, muscle disease and nerve abnormalities. In addition, an EMG provides specific information about the degree of nerve and/or muscle injury, helps to determine the exact location of an injury and may indicate whether the damage is reversible.
Typically, there are two parts to our testing - EMG and the Nerve Conduction Velocity (NCV) Test, which may take up to 90 minutes to complete. During the EMG, fine needle electrodes (used once and then disposed of) are placed through the skin and into the muscles that a nerve controls, in order to transmit information about the nerve/muscle electrical activity. A computer records nerve impulses while the muscle is at rest and during muscle movement. Electrodes may be repositioned throughout the test, and more than one muscle may be evaluated.
The NCV addresses nerves going out to the skin for sensation or to the muscles for power. A mild to moderate electrical signal is placed over a nerve for just a split second, providing valuable information - how fast nerves are traveling and how much of the nerve electrical signal gets through to specific areas.
At Alternative Integrated Medical Services of East Brunswick, NJ, an EMG/NCV are performed in the AIMS Clinic by Dr. Faheem Abbasi, our Board Certified, Fellowship Trained Pain Management Specialist (Physiatrist). As a Specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, he has extensive and specialized training in EMG and nerve and muscle diseases.Here, at Alternative Integrated Medical Services, we have The Sierra Wave - Cadwell's latest, state-of-the-art system - the new standard in EMG/NCV Instrumentation
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