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About Clinical Neurophysiology

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
  • Numbness
  • 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.