Electromyography (EMG) in Novi & Howell, MI
Electromyography, also known as EMG, is a diagnostic test to determine how effective the nerves are at controlling your muscles. It’s an important test used by neurologists, rehabilitation doctors, and other medical specialists. Advancements in the field of electrodiagnostic medicine have greatly improved the physiatrist’s ability to diagnose conditions that can affect the peripheral nervous system. EMG is an essential tool to more accurately diagnose neuromuscular disorders.
For accurate EMG results, the EMG should be performed by a physician with specialized training, not a technician, or non-physician. Rehabilitation Physicians is uniquely qualified to provide EMG and nerve conduction studies and has several physicians board-certified in electrodiagnostic medicine.
How Electromyography Works
During an electromyogram, a needle electrode is inserted into a muscle. Additional electrodes may be placed at different locations on top of your skin, where you are having symptoms. These electrodes record the electrical activity within the muscle. This activity is translated into values which are then read and interpreted by a medical specialist.
Why Your Doctor Might Order an Electromyogram
EMG testing is performed for a wide variety of reasons, including if you experience:
- Numbness or tingling in your muscles
- Weakness in your muscles
- Pain or cramping in your muscles
Medical Conditions Which Can Be Diagnosed with EMG
An electromyogram can be helpful to confirm a diagnosis or to rule out these conditions:
- Muscular disorders, including muscular dystrophy
- Nerve-muscle connection disorders, including myasthenia gravis
- Peripheral nerve disorders, including carpal tunnel syndrome
- Motor neuron disorders, including polio
- Nerve root disorders, including a herniated spinal disk
Preparation for an EMG
Before you have an EMG, it’s important to bathe and remove any oils from your skin. Don’t use any lotions or creams on your skin after bathing. You need completely clean skin for the electrodes transmit properly.
What To Expect During the EMG
During the EMG, you may notice small twinges or muscle spasms. You may also experience slight pain when the needle is placed within a muscle.
What To Expect After an EMG
After your procedure, you may notice slight bruising where the needle was placed in the muscle. The bruising is temporary and should resolve within a few days.