EMG stands for Electromyography and NCS stands for Nerve Conduction Studies.

The test has two parts:

  1. An EMG (Electromyogram) measures the electrical activity of muscles at rest and during contraction. Nerves control the muscles by electrical signals (impulses). These impulses cause the muscles to react in specific ways. Nerve and muscle disorders cause the muscles to react abnormally. During an Electromyography study, a professional inserts a very small pin in the muscle that helps us evaluate your muscle’s condition.
  2. NCS (Nerve Conduction Studies) measure the health of your nerves. A professional administers a mild electrical stimulation to the skin directly overlaying the nerve. A second set of electrodes applied to the surface of the skin measures the response. This impulse produces a visual signal on a computer monitor, and when analyzed, it can provide information about the nerve’s condition.

Measuring the electrical activity in muscles and nerves can help find diseases that damage muscle tissue (such as myopathy and muscular dystrophy) or nerves (such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or peripheral neuropathies). EMG and Nerve Conduction Studies are often done together to provide more complete data.

The results of EMG/NCS testing can help your doctor to determine various conditions that can affect your nerves and muscles, which will help them manage your care more effectively.

EMG/NCS are easy, reliable and safe tests

Dr. Hauskey is board certified in clinical electrophysiology testing, and has over 7 years of experience in clinical electrophysiology with numerous articles published.

Our team of highly trained professionals, always in the closest cooperation and communication with the patient and ordering physician, will provide you with a pleasant and comfortable experience, and to obtain the most valuable information needed for your doctor.

Proper testing can assist in correct diagnosis that leads to the appropriate physical therapy treatment. EMG/NCS testing can be part of your health solution!

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