One of the types of electrodiagnostic tests we offer at NorthEast Spine and Sports is the EMG or electromyography test. It’s a form of electrodiagnostic medicine that measures the electrical activity of a patient’s muscles and help find the cause of conditions such as paralysis, pain, spasms, numbness and tingling, and weakness.
Preparing for an EMG
Two days prior to the test, it’s recommended that patients refrain from using lotions or oils on their skin. Three hours prior to the test, they should refrain from smoking cigarettes and having caffeinated beverages. Patients should go to their appointment without (or be prepared to remove directly prior) any metal objects such as jewelry and glasses.
What to Expect During the Procedure
Patients sit or lay down for the test. A doctor will insert a thin needle (or more as necessary) through a patient’s skin and into a muscle. A signal will be transmitted from the needle and through a wire to a receiver that’s connected to a special device. Results are often available right way via a paper print out or on a computer screen.
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