If your answer to the above question is ‘yes,’ you may need an Electromyography and Nerve Conduction study (EMG/NCS.)
If you have neck or back pain, your doctor may order electrodiagnostic tests to check your nerves and muscles. These tests can help your doctor find nerve or muscle damage.
The American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM) advises when these tests are needed.
When You Might Need a Test
Neck or back pain can cause numbness, tingling, pain, or weakness in your arm or leg. This is usually the result of a pinched or irritated nerve.
In most cases, these symptoms go away on their own. But if they are severe or continue for a while, you may need an electrodiagnostic test. These tests can:
- Help find the cause of your problem.
- Show your doctor how serious the problem is.
Kinds of Tests
- EMG (electromyography): This test is used to find the cause of muscle weakness. A small, thin needle is inserted into muscles in your arm or leg.
- NCS (nerve conduction study): This is a test to see if your nerves are working correctly. It is usually given along with an EMG. During an NCS, electrodes are placed on the skin of your arm or leg. These send small electrical shocks to your nerves. The test measures how your nerves respond.
Are You Suffering from Neck or Back Pain and Think You May Need Testing?
At Central Florida Pain Relief Centers, we offer electrodiagnostic studies (or EMG/NCV; the study of nerves and muscles) to complement the existing services that we offer to the community of Orlando.
If you’re experiencing numbness, tingling, or weakness in your muscles or nerves, then this study can help diagnose conditions that could be treated either through procedures such as injections or by way of surgical intervention.
If you would like more information about the tests or any pain relief treatments we offer, call Central Florida Pain Relief Centers at (407) 649-8707 to schedule an appointment today. Our highly skilled physicians will assess your individual needs to more effectively relieve your chronic pain and restore your quality of life.
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