Electromyography (EMG) Nerve Conduction Velocity (NCV):
During an EMG, electrodes are placed over nerves and a light electrical stim is used to measure nerve conduction speed and delays.
Acupuncture like needles are inserted into certain muscles to measure electrical activity and wave formation. EMG Tests are extremely useful in localizing pinched cervical and lumbosacral nerve roots.
How long does the standard EMG test take?
Most EMG tests last between 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Is EMG testing covered by insurance?
Yes, almost always insurance will cover EMG testing.
Are EMG's painful?
A NCV, EMG Test is usually not painful. Some patients experience discomfort because of electrical sensations or pain from initial needle insertion. However, Dr. Palgut is particularly experienced in this testing and has yet to experience a side effect of any kind. He receives many referrals for EMG tests and always performs the test with extreme care.
- Tingling & Numbness arms or legs
- Entrapment Neuropathies
- Nerve Injuries
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- I.V. Herniated Disc
- Local Weakness
- Radiating Pains
- Facial Tics