Nerve Conduction and Electromyography

Nerve Conduction and Electromyography Fredericksburg VA

Have your arms, legs, spine, or other body parts been throbbing, tingling or numb lately? If muscle pain, weakness, or cramping is disrupting your health, nerve conduction and electromyography testing can help rule out or diagnose many nerve and muscle conditions.

Through this easy, non-invasive cutting-edge test Dr. Truong can detect and identify pain triggers to tackle the root cause of your symptoms.

Dr. Truong knows that chronic pain is extremely hard to live with, and that medications and surgery often don't provide the relief patients are seeking. Truong Rehabilitation Center's skilled and compassionate professionals are dedicated to treating you as a whole person, and focusing on your unique personal and medical needs.

If chronic pain is interfering with your lifestyle and life joy, take your first step toward relief - schedule your consultation with Dr. Truong today by calling (540) 374-3164 or contact us here.

What is nerve conduction and electromyography?

These diagnostic procedures assess the nerve cells (motor neurons) that control your muscles. Electromyography (EMG) is usually done before a nerve conduction study (NCS). These tests can diagnose or rule out a number of painful conditions, including:

  • muscle disorders like muscular dystrophy or polymyositis
  • conditions affecting the connection between nerves and muscles, like myasthenia gravis
  • nerve disorders outside the spine like carpal tunnel syndrome or peripheral neuropathy
  • brain or spinal cord motor conditions like polio or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • disorders of nerve roots, like herniated spinal discs

These tests may diagnose a number of other conditions as well. Ask Dr. Truong whether they're right for your specific pain or condition.

Dr. Truong knows that without health, happiness is a struggle. That's why Truong Rehabilitation is pleased to offer the very best in modern diagnostics, treatment, and personal care.

NCS and EMG are exciting, minimally invasive medical advances that offer fast, accurate diagnosis ? the first step toward reducing or eliminating your pain.

How do we use nerve conduction and electromyography?

These tests are fast, easy, and mostly pain-free. First, you'll meet with Dr. Truong and discuss your medical history, current condition, and any medications you're taking. This step is a vital to your safety during the procedure.

These medical situations may preclude a patient from NCS and EMG procedures:

  • pregnancy or nursing
  • cancer
  • immune system disorders like HIV/AIDS
  • conditions that make it difficult for your blood to clot

Dr. Truong will discuss your medical history in greater detail on the day of your consultation.

On the day of your nerve conduction test, Dr. Truong will locate the nerve or nerves requiring evaluation. A conducting paste and recording electrode will be placed over that area. A stimulating electrode will then be placed on your skin nearby.

A very mild electrical current will pass through the electrodes, stimulating the nerve so its response can be displayed and recorded. You should feel little or no pain during the procedure, though a few seconds of minor discomfort is normal and passes quickly.

For your electromyography testing, Dr. Truong will locate the testing area and cleanse it with an antiseptic. A fine needle will be inserted into the site, and an electrode will be placed under your arm or leg.

Dr. Truong may use several needles depending on your condition and site, but you should feel little or no pain from the needles. This procedure requires no anesthesia. Tell Dr. Truong right away if you feel any pain ? it can interfere with your test results.

As you contract your muscles, electrical activity from your movements will be displayed. Dr. Truong may also use an audio amplifier to enhance the test data being collected.

After your testing, you'll make a follow-up appointment to discuss results and possible treatment options with Dr. Truong. Attending these appointments is very important for your long-term health and well-being.

What are the potential side effects?

You should experience no side effects after testing. However, you may experience very mild discomfort following your EMG treatment, which should resolve within a day or two. If it doesn't resolve or if it intensifies, contact Dr. Truong right away.

After your testing, you may resume your normal daily activities. No downtime or recovery required. If you're feeling pain, weakness, or fatigue lie down, drink fluids, and rest for the remainder of the day. Avoid stress, heavy lifting, or any activity that may aggravate your injection sites.

Results of these tests will vary from patient to patient, depending on age, genetics, severity of your condition, and other health factors.

Common side effects include slight pain, redness, bruising, or bleeding at injection sites.

Severe side effects are extremely rare. But if you experience any of these side effects, don't wait - get emergency medical attention right away:

  • infection or sores at the injection site
  • fever
  • dizziness
  • nausea and vomiting
  • fainting
  • extreme pain at or near the treatment area

Request Your Appointment

You don't have to live with chronic pain. Dr. Truong uses advanced modern technology to test, evaluate, and identify your condition so you can take the first steps toward reducing or eliminating your pain. Nerve conduction testing and electromyography are among today's top methods for pinpointing pain triggers so Dr. Truong can begin treating them.

To discover how NCS and EMG can help you find the relief you've been seeking, speak with our skilled, compassionate professionals at Truong Rehabilitation Center today by calling (540) 374-3164 or contact us here.