Electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction study (NCS) are diagnostic tests that are performed in order to assess the health of muscles and motor neurons. Motor neurons are the nerves that are responsible for the muscles’ contractions and damaged or dysfunction motor neurons can cause health conditions like muscle and nerve disorders. During the exam, we will monitor the electrical activity that occurs within the muscles at rest and when the muscles are slightly contracted. EMG tests measure the electrical activity within the muscles and can help physicians diagnose any potential problems with nerve-to-muscle signal transmission, nerve dysfunction, and/or muscle dysfunction.
Contact our offices in Livonia and Southfield today for more information about EMG testing or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Avery Arora!
Why should I get an EMG test?
EMG tests can be used to diagnose conditions like muscle disorders, disorders of the nerves, and conditions that affect the nerve root, motor neurons, and/or connections between the nerves and muscles.
Common symptoms that may indicate a muscle or nerve disorder can include:
- Pain or cramping in the muscles
- Muscle weakness
- Some forms of limb pain
How is an EMG test performed?
This diagnostic procedure is formed by placing surface electrodes or inserting needle electrodes in various locations on your body. You may experience a mild twinge or spasm as the electrode delivers an electrical current to the designated area. You may be asked to contract your muscles during the procedure so the physician can monitor the electrical activity generated in your muscles during movement and at rest.
When should I get an EMG test?
If you have been given a prescription for an EMG/NCS test, please schedule your appointment at your earliest convenience. We recommend you return for a follow-up visit to Dr. Arora’s office after at least one week after your EMG test to allow enough time for us to obtain the results. We recommend you confirm that we have received the results in our office before you return for your follow-up visit
Where should I get my EMG test performed?
Dr. Arora works with several practices in the Livonia and Southfield areas and recommends the following practices and physicians for EMG testing:
Northland Radiology & Diagnostic Imaging Center
20905 Greenfield Rd # 105
Southfield, MI 48075
Michigan Neurodiagnostics Inc.
Dr. Saleem Tahir
15142 Levan Rd
Livonia, MI 48154
Dr. Matthew Holtzman
34815 W Michigan Ave STE C
Wayne, MI 48184
Dr. Albert H. Belfie D.O.
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Clinton Twp. Mi, 48038
David M. McElroy, MD
Rehabilitation Physicians, PC
28455 Haggerty Rd #200, Novi, MI 48377
19850 Middlebelt Road Livonia, Michigan 48152
Are you interested in learning more about EMG testing? Contact our offices in Livonia and Southfield today for further information or to schedule a consultation. We look forward to hearing from you!