Nerve Conduction Study
|Electromyogram of Shoulder—Used in Conjunction with Nerve Conduction Study|
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Reasons for Test
- Help diagnose the cause of pain, cramping, numbness, or weakness
- Determine if nerves are working properly
- Identify the difference between muscle and nerve disorders
- Monitor if a nerve is recovering from injury
What to Expect
Prior to Test
- Make sure you talk to your doctor about the medicines you are taking.
- If you have myasthenia gravis , ask if you should take any medicine before the test.
- If directed to, avoid cigarettes, coffee, tea, and soft drinks for 2-3 hours before the test.
- Shower the day of your test. Do not use any creams, moisturizers, or powders on your skin.
- Wear comfortable clothing, but expect to change into a hospital gown.
Description of Test
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
Call Your Doctor
American Chronic Pain Association http://www.theacpa.org/
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke http://www.ninds.nih.gov/
Canadian Neurological Sciences Federation http://www.cnsfederation.org/
Chronic Pain Association of Canada http://www.chronicpaincanada.com/
Electrodiagnostic testing. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons website. Available at: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00270 . Updated October 2007. Accessed November 27, 2012.
Specialized nerve tests: EMG, NCV, and SSEP. North American Spine Society website. Available at: http://www.knowyourback.org/Pages/Treatments/AssessmentTools/SpecializedNerveTests.aspx . Updated June 16, 2011. Accessed November 26, 2012.
Spinal diagnostics: nerve conduction studies. Cedars-Sinai website. Available at: http://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Patients/Programs-and-Services/Spine-Center/Conditions-and-Treatments/Diagnostic-Studies/Spinal-Diagnostics-Nerve-Conduction-Studies.aspx. Accessed November 26, 2012.
- Reviewer: Rimas Lukas, MD
- Review Date: 11/2012 -
- Update Date: 11/27/2012 -