Electromyography and nerve conduction studies are special electrical tests of the nerves and muscles in the neck, back, arms and legs.
The test is performed to determine if there has been nerve injury or nerve disease in these areas.
It is commonly used to diagnose conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, cervical radiculopathy (pinched nerves in the neck), lumbosacral radiculopathy (pinched nerves in the back), and generalized peripheral neuropathy. This last condition occurs commonly in people with diabetes.
Dr. Kanner is Board Certified by the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine to perform these tests. These tests are done in a quiet private setting in his office and are performed personally by Dr. Kanner. We do not use technicians or off-site consultants for this testing.
The test consists of two techniques. The first, Nerve Conduction Studies, involves stimulation of nerves in the involved limbs. Careful measurements are taken and calculations are made.
The second part of the test involves the placement of a small, sterile Teflon coated electrode specially engineered for EMG testing into various muscles of the involved areas.
Results of the testing are made available to the patient at the time the test is performed. The referring physician is also informed of test results within 24 hours, thereby allowing for rapid initiation of appropriate treatment.