Electromyography/Nerve Conduction Study
Why these tests are performed: Nerve conduction studies and electromyography are parts of a test commonly referred to as an EMG. The test may help to determine if the nerves and muscles of the limbs are healthy or diseased.
What to expect: For the nerve conduction studies, small sticky electrodes will be attached to your skin on the body part being tested. Brief electrical pulses will be given to the nerves and the responses from the electrodes will be measured. For the electromyography, disposable sterile needle electrodes will be inserted into the muscles and the electrical activity generated by your muscles will be recorded.
How to prepare: Do not apply lotions or oils to the skin prior to testing as this may interfere with electrode placement.