Electrodiagnostic medicine specialists administer the test and report the results to the physician who ordered the testing. Physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) specialists have expertise in evaluating the patient, performing and interpreting the appropriate studies and recommending the proper follow-up tests and treatment.
Drs. Cosgrove, Gaines, Reidy and Woo offer electrodiagnostic testing at each of Tri Rivers offices. To schedule an appointment for electrodiagnostic testing, call 1-866-874-7483 or click here.
EMGs and nerve conduction studies usually take between 20 and 30 minutes and can be performed in a physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) specialist’s office. Nerve conduction studies involve administering electrical stimulation to nerves and measuring the response.
An EMG involves observing the electrical activity of the patient’s muscles as they rest and contract. While the patient flexes and moves certain muscles, the physician listens to and watches the electrical signals as they are broadcast on a monitor. An EMG can help detect injuries and diseases that damage muscle tissue or nerves by recording and analyzing electrical activity in the muscles. Nerve conduction studies are usually done with an EMG to evaluate nerve function.
Prior to ordering electrodiagnostic testing, the physician will suggest conservative treatments for the patient’s symptoms like anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy and the use of a brace or splint.