The average EMG test lasts anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours. The length of the test depends on the level of tests that the neurologist deems necessary.
There is no preparation required for an EMG test in most cases. Patients simply need to arrive for their appointment promptly so that the neurologist can perform the test.
The reason that a neurologist orders an EMG test can vary, but it is typically needed when patients are suffering from some type of issue with their muscles or nerves. The EMG allows for specific testing that will identify the source of the issue. Patients who suffer from pain in the back, pain in the neck area, or numbness in the extremities often have EMG tests to determine where the issue originates. Sometimes, an EMG is ordered when the patient suffers from chronic muscle fatigue, as the EMG may be able to pinpoint a muscle or nerve disease causing the issue.
The patient will lay comfortably on an exam table. During the nerve conduction portion of the EMG test, tiny electric shocks are sent into the muscles to measure response rates. This test uses only a minimal amount of current and does not cause serious pain in most cases. During the needle exam part of the EMG, ultrafine needles are placed in various muscles. This reveals whether the issue is muscle based rather than nerve based. With the information from the EMG test, the neurologist can make a specific diagnosis that will allow them to formulate an effective treatment plan.
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