Neuromuscular medicine refers to the treatment of conditions that affect the nerves and muscles, such as:
The doctor conducts nerve conduction studies (NCS), and electromyography (EMG) tests to make an accurate diagnosis based on factors such as electrical activity in your muscles and nerve conduction speed.
This test measures electrical activity in your muscles. To perform the test, the doctor inserts a thin needle with an electrode into your muscle or places electrodes on your skin. He’ll ask you to relax your muscles or tighten them so that the electrode can measure electrical activity during these motions. If the EMG results show abnormal activity, the doctor will ask you to return for additional testing.
We may recommend an EMG if you’ve experienced:
You might feel slight discomfort if the doctor uses a needle electrode. If electrodes are on your skin, you might feel slight twinges as electrical currents pass through them.
Nerve conduction studies measure how quickly electrical impulses pass through your nerves. The doctor places electrodes on your skin over targeted nerves. One electrode emits electrical currents, and the other records the results. Electrical currents typically pass through damaged nerves at a slower rate than healthy nerves. If your results show slower speeds, the doctor will run additional diagnostic tests as needed to make an accurate diagnosis.
The doctor might run a nerve conduction study along with an EMG. Conducting both tests helps determine whether your symptoms are the result of a problem with your muscles or nerves. Nerve conduction studies help diagnose a range of nervous system disorders, such as:
For additional information on neuromuscular medicine, contact New York Medicine Doctors to schedule an appointment.
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