EMG

Brain & Spine Specialists

Neurologists & Neurosurgeons located in Panama City, FL

When you have symptoms such as muscle weakness or numbness, you may need electromyography (EMG) to measure your nerve function. The board-certified technologists and neurologists at Brain & Spine Specialists, the only certified neurodiagnostic center in the Panama City, Florida, area, provide on-site EMG tests to identify conditions such as neuropathy, spine injuries, and muscle disorders. Call or schedule an appointment online today at the location most convenient for you.

EMG Q&A

What is an EMG?

EMGs measure and evaluate the function and health of your nerves and muscles. EMGs are noninvasive and painless tests that help your neurologist to identify the cause of nerve and muscle malfunction in your body.

Why would I need an EMG?

Your neurologist may order an EMG if you experience symptoms such as:

  • Numbness or tingling
  • Muscle weakness
  • Involuntary muscle twitching
  • Muscular pain or cramping
  • Paralysis

An EMG allows your doctor to assess your nerve function and the communication between your nerves and muscles. Some of the conditions that cause these issues include:

  • Muscular dystrophy and other muscle disorders
  • Peripheral nerve disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other nerve disorders
  • Conditions that disrupt the communication between motor neurons and muscles
  • Radiculopathies

Getting an accurate diagnosis is critical to starting treatment to relieve your symptoms, restore your function, and improve your overall health. An EMG can help your neurologist provide a customized treatment plan to address your needs.

How should I prepare for an EMG?

Your neurologist gives you specific instructions on how to prepare for your EMG. In general, you should wear comfortable clothing and avoid smoking for several hours before your appointment. Your doctor will ask you to shower before you come to the office to clean any oils from your skin. You shouldn’t put any creams or lotions on before your appointment.

Make sure to let your neurologist know about any medications, vitamins, or supplements you take and if you have a pacemaker or implantable defibrillator.

What happens during an EMG?

EMGs have two parts: A nerve conduction study and a needle EMG. The whole test takes between 30-60 minutes and is performed right in the Brain & Spine Specialists offices.

Your doctor usually performs the nerve conduction study first. Your doctor attaches electrodes to your skin on the part of your body where you have the symptoms. The electrodes monitor and record the electrical activity in your muscles, gauging how well your nerves are communicating with your muscles.

During the needle EMG, your doctor inserts a few needle electrodes into your muscles. The needles measure the electrical activity in your muscles when they’re at rest and when they contract.

After your EMG, you can return to your regular activities.

To schedule an EMG, call Brain & Spine Specialists or use the online appointment booking tool today.