About the Tests:
Electromyography is a neurological test to help evaluate muscle and nerve function. There are two parts to this test. In all, you should be at our laboratory for approximately one and a half to two hours.
Part I - The Nerve Conduction Study
During this portion, electrical impulses are employed to stimulate various nerves to determine how well they are working. A technician or technologist does the nerve conduction study. Prior to the test the skin over the area to be stimulated may be cleansed with alcohol and surface electrodes are applied. Please do not use lotion on your skin before the test. When your nerves are stimulated, you will experience a sharp sensation in the arm or leg being tested. Many people get used to the sensations to some degree as the testing continues.
Part II - The Electromyographic Examination
A small pin is inserted into various muscles by one of the neurologists for a detailed study of the activity of individual muscle fibers.
Please feel free to ask the technician questions at any time during the test. Your doctor will tell you how to obtain your test results.