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What is a nerve conduction study and why are we ordering it for you?

A nerve conduction study consists of two parts, electromyogram (EMG) and the nerve conduction study. An EMG measures the activity of your muscles at rest and when contracted. A nerve conduction study measures how well (how strong) and how fast the nerves are sending signals. When a nerve "fires", it gives a command to your muscles to contract. An injury to the nerves can cause the muscle to react and function in a wrong way. If you come to the office with arm/leg pain, numbness or weakness, you are a candidate for this test. Your problem may be on one side of your body or both sides. The results of this test would allow us to know if something is wrong with your nerves anywhere along the path that those nerves travel.

When you go for this test, the doctor performing the test will need to see your arms or legs so you will need to wear a gown or shorts for the test. You should not wear lotion, oil, or cream, as this may not allow certain aspects of the test to be done well. The test will most likely be done on both of your arms or both of your legs so that they can be compared with each other for variations. This test is very safe and will give us either a NORMAL or an ABNORMAL result. When an ABNORMAL result is found, the report will give details of what nerves and muscles are abnormal. The doctors in this office that perform this testing will often give treatment options for you. When you return to the office for a follow up visit with your regular provider, the results of this test will be combined with any diagnostic imaging as well as examination findings along with your symptoms to determine the best possible treatment plan for you.