Electromyography (EMG) is a diagnostic test that measures the nerve impulses in muscles both when they are resting and contracting. The results of an EMG can detect nerve or muscle dysfunction, as well as any problems with nerve-to-muscle signal transmission.
EMG Test in Maryland
What is an EMG?
Our spine doctors may want to perform an EMG if you are experiencing symptoms of a nerve or muscle disorder, such as muscle pain, cramping, weakness, tingling, or numbness.
During an EMG procedure, one of our spine doctors will insert a needle electrode directly into a muscle to record its electrical activity, which is translated into graphs, sounds, or numbers that are interpreted by a specialist.
An EMG is commonly performed in conjunction with a nerve conduction velocity study, which measures how well a nerve works and helps identify the site of nerve compression. The test uses surface electrodes (stickers applied to the skin) to measure the speed and strength of nerve impulses along a particular nerve.
Spine Doctors in Catonsville, Eldersburg & Columbia,MD
Our spine doctors are specially trained and experienced in providing electromyography. To learn more about our treatment options for orthopedic spine conditions, call (410) 644-1880 to arrange a consultation or you can schedule an appointment online. We have offices in Catonsville, Columbia, and Eldersburg.