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EMG Nerve Study Clinic in Plainfield & Romeoville, IL

EMG Nerve Study Clinic in Plainfield & Romeoville, IL

EMG Nerve Study Clinic in Plainfield & Romeoville, IL

At Absolute Integrated, we do EMG nerve study! EMG nerve study is a diagnostic procedure that assesses the health of the muscles and nerve cells. Call us today or request an appointment online.

Electromyography, or EMG, is a diagnostic evaluation of health conditions related to the neuromuscular system. Known as motor neurons, these cells control muscle contractions. An EMG analyzes how the cells communicate, providing doctors the proper information to make a diagnosis.

How painful is an EMG nerve conduction study?

EMG — During an EMG test, you may feel a quick, sharp pain when the needle electrode is put into a muscle. Following the test, you may feel soreness or a tingling feeling in your muscles for up to 2 days. If your pain gets worse or you have swelling, tenderness, or pus at a needle site, please call the office. NCS — You will feel the electrical pulses. Each electrical pulse is very quick, and only a very low-voltage electrical current is used. If you have pain after testing, use ice or cold pack on the sore area for 10-20 minutes at a time. You may take over-the-counter pain medication, such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, or naproxen.

What diseases can an EMG detect?

  • Sciatica — Irritation of the longest nerve in the body — the sciatic nerve — is called sciatica. You may feel pain, tingling, weakness, and a burning sensation that begins in your lower back and travels down your legs. An EMG can confirm nerve compression or sciatica, which are often results of a herniated disc or the narrowing of the spinal canal.
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome — An EMG test using electrodes attached to your skin can detect carpal tunnel syndromethrough electrical pulses in the carpal tunnel (located in the forearm and wrist). The condition develops due to your median nerve getting pinched, which causes irritation, pain, numbness, and tingling in your hand and fingers.
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis — The needle EMG is one of the tests used to diagnosed amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease. The EMG can detect involuntary muscle contractions, muscle twitching, and positive sharp waves, which are indicative of this disease.
  • Muscular Dystrophy — A patient with muscular dystrophy will have muscle fibers that do not respond well to the electrical stimulation produced by the electrodes. Muscles usually respond by contracting with electrical stimulation. Muscular dystrophy is chronic and may damage muscles.
  • Peripheral Neuropathy — An EMG test can detect nerve damage due to peripheral neuropathy, which is often a complication caused by diabetes. The EMG will reveal damaged nerves by their lack of response to the electrical stimulation.

Do EMG tests have side effects? 

Although EMG tests are very low-risk, areas that were tested may feel sore for a few days, along with bruising, tingling, or swelling in the adjacent area. This usually only lasts for a few days, and can be remedied with an ice or a cold pack in 10 to 20 minutes intervals, and if necessary, take acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain. If the pain worsens, the swelling persists, and there is tenderness or drainage from any of the areas in near the injection site, notify your health practitioner.

If you or someone you know is in need of an EMG exam, come to Absolute Integrated! We have professional and mindful staff at our EMG Nerve Study Clinic with experience in EMG testing, so you can rest assured you’re in good hands. Contact our office today to get in touch with a specialist. To book an appointment, call us or visit us online!