What You Need to Know About Electrodiagnostic Testing

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Electrodiagnostic testing is performed by our physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist and is used to help determine the cause of your numbness, pain, or weakness. It can diagnose conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, radiculopathy (pinched nerves in your neck or back), and myopathy (problems with the muscle). 

There are two components to an electrodiagnostic test: nerve conduction studies (NCS) and electromyography (EMG).

Nerve conduction studies involve attaching electrodes to your arms or legs along the course of a nerve. The nerve is stimulated and the speed and strength of the response is measured to determine if the nerve is functioning properly.  

Electromyography (EMG) analyzes the electrical activity in muscles. Small, thin needles are placed in the muscle to record the electrical activity as the patient relaxes and contracts the muscle. 

If you are experiencing pain, numbness, or tingling, electrodiagnostic testing may help to uncover the cause of your symptoms. Contact our physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist at Anchorage Fracture & Orthopedic Clinic to see if this testing would be helpful for you. Call 907.885.0221 to set up an appointment today, or click here to request an appointment online.