What are some of the tests performed in the EMG clinic?

Needle EMGs: For this part of the test, a small, thin needle is put in several muscles to see if there are any problems.  A new needle is used for each patient and it is thrown away after the test.  There may be a small amount of pain when the needle is put in.  The doctor tests only the muscles necessary to decide what is wrong.  During the EMG test, the doctor will be able to hear and see how your muscles and nerves are working by the way electrical signals travel from the needle to the EMG machine.  The doctor then uses his medical knowledge to figure out what could be causing your problem.

Nerve Conduction Studies: These show how well the body's signals are traveling to a nerve.  This is done by applying small electrical shocks to the nerve and recording how the nerve works.  These shocks cause a quick, mild, tingling feeling.  The doctor may test several nerves.

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