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EMG & NCV2022-02-09T10:05:23-05:00

EMG & NCV Studies

(Electromyogram & Nerve Conduction Velocity)

If your orthopaedic physician suspects that your condition is a result of decreased nerve function, he/she may order an EMG and/or NCV to examine the integrity and functionality of your nerves. After the exam, a report is generated and sent to your orthopaedic physician who will go over the results with your at your next office visit.

Things to Remember

  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your appointment time. The entire test will last approximately 45-60 minutes.
  • Please confirm your appointment time and location. We have two locations with EMG and your EMG study may not be at the same location where you were seen by your doctor.
  • Loose fitting clothing is best, however, you may be asked to wear a gown depending on which nerves are being tested.
  • We ask that you refrain from applying lotions, oils and/or moisturizers to your skin on the day of your EMG study. Otherwise, these items will need to be removed before your study begins.
  • There are no lasting side effects after the EMG test. There may be mild soreness where the electrode is placed, similar to a tiny prick. However, the sensation goes away quickly. You may apply ice to any sore spots when you get home. Most patients tolerate this very well.
  • Please inform us if you are taking any blood thinners, such as Coumadin, aspirin, or Plavix, as mild bruising and bleeding may occur.
  • Please inform us if you have any electrical implants, such as a pacemaker or defibrillator, as this equipment may interfere with the EMG study.

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