There are some special tests that can aid in the evaluation of nerve and muscle disease. I perform nerve conduction studies, needle electromyography (EMG) and single fiber EMG as required.
Nerve conduction studies use a small surface electrode to measure the strength and speed of signals travelling in nerves. During needle EMG a needle electrode is inserted directly into muscle to record the electrical activity from the muscle. Single fiber EMG is a special test for diseases of the neuromuscular junction, that also uses a needle electrode inserted into the muscle.
These tests are often required if your doctor considers that you have symptoms of a nerve or muscle disorder, such as:
- Tingling or burning discomfort
- Muscle weakness or fatiguability
- Muscle pain or cramping
- Shooting limb pains
For further information on these tests, including frequently asked questions (FAQ) and video demonstrations, click here.