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EMG Testing and Other Diagnostic Neurology Services
Florida Medical Clinic’s Department of Neurology offers EMG (electromyography) testing to diagnose a variety of nerve and muscle disorders. Electrodiagnostic exams typically consist of two distinct tests: a needle electromyogram to assess nerve activity within the muscles, and a nerve conduction study to assess the motor neurons that control muscle movement.
The nerve conduction study, which is typically the first portion of the EMG, uses small sensors on the surface of the skin to measure the motor neurons’ ability to send out electrical signals to the other parts of the body. The needle EMG, which comes next, uses electrodes that are inserted into the muscle tissue to evaluate muscle activity. The entire process usually takes between 30 and 60 minutes.
Neurologists may recommend an EMG when a patient is experiencing thsymptoms of a neurological disorder, including muscle cramps or spasms, arm or leg pain, paralysis, or tingling, numbness, or weakness in the limbs. EMGs can diagnose (or rule out) the following conditions:
- Muscular dystrophy
- Peripheral nerve disorders
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Herniated discs and other spinal conditions
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
- Myasthenia gravis
If an EMG detects electrical activity in a muscle while it is at rest, a neurologist may attribute it to a muscle condition, a disorder involving the nerves that connect to the muscle, or another form of soft tissue injury. If the electrical activity is detected while the muscle is contracted, then a nerve disorder may be the more likely underlying cause.
At Florida Medical Clinic, EMG testing is performed by experienced neurologists who specialize in diagnosing and treating these (and similar) conditions. We treat both nerve and muscle disorders, offering a comprehensive range of effective therapies for each.
To learn more about EMG testing or to schedule an appointment with the Florida Medical Clinic Department of Neurology, contact us today.
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