FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. What does the NCS/EMG test?
The NCS/EMG test examines the integrity of the peripheral nerves and muscles of the body. The test does NOT examine the brain or spinal cord. It is important to realize that you can have a nerve or muscle problem, even though you may not “think” you have any nerve or muscle problems. This test does NOT measure pain. You may have a normal NCS/EMG test, even though you have severe pain.
Q. What are the different parts of the test?
The test is usually done in two parts: (1) Nerve Conduction Study – NCS, and (2) Electromyography – EMG
Q. How long is the test?
Each NCS/EMG test varies from patient to patient, depending on what results are obtained. As such, the test may take as little as 20 minutes, or as much as an hour.
Q. What is the Nerve Conduction Study or NCS?
The NCS involves examining the nerves in your arms or legs. This consists of placing sticky pads on the surface of the skin, and administering a small electrical impulse vibration to see how well the nerves react and function. These results are monitored on a computer.
Q. What is the Electromyography or EMG?
The EMG examines the muscle activity in your body. This test consists of inserting a small pin Into the muscles and monitoring their activity. These results are monitored on a computer.
Q. Is the EMG or NCS painful?
The test is not painful. You might feel slight skin discomfort but not really any major pain.
Q. Do I have to tell the Therapist about any specific medical conditions?
Yes, Please notify the therapist prior to the test if:
- you think you may have AIDS or hepatitis, or
- if you are taking any blood thinners, such as Coumadin or Aspirin
Q. What type of clothing should I wear?
Men: If possible, wear shorts and T-shirt.
Women: If possible, wear a loose dress and T-shirt.
Please remove any watches or rings you might be wearing on BOTH your hands/fingers.
Q. Can I wear lotion on my arms or legs on the day of the test?
Please DO NOT use any Lotion or Cream on the day of the test. Such Lotions or Creams will make it difficult to perform the test.
Q. What do I need to do before I enter the exam room?
If you have accidentally used any type of lotion or cream on your hands or feet, PLEASE wash BOTH your hands and feet with soap and water in the office restroom, BEFORE entering the exam room.