Electromyogram (EMG) and Nerve Conduction Velocity (NCV) studies are performed to test the integrity and functionality of your nerves. 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 this more closely. After the exam, a report is generated and send to your orthopaedic physician who will go over the results with you at your next office visit.
The entire test will last approximately 45-60 minutes.
Before Your EMG or NCV Appointment
- 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. Orlando Orthopaedic Center has 2 locations with EMG and your EMG study may not be at the same location as where you were seen by the physician.
- Loose-fitting clothing is best, however you may be asked to wear a gown depending on which nerves are being tested since electrodes are used on the skin.
- We ask that you refrain from applying lotions, oils, and/or moisturizers to your skin on the day of your EMG study. Use of these items can interfere with the study and will need to be removed prior to the EMG study.
- There are no lasting side effects after the EMG test. There may be mild soreness where the electrode is placed, similar to a tiny pinprick; however, the sensation goes away quickly. You may apply ice to any sore spots when you get home. Most patients tolerate this test 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 might interfere with the EMG study.