About Nerve Testing (NCV/EMG)
Nerve testing is a term that loosely refers to two different tests: Nerve Conduction Velocity (NCV) and Electromyogram (EMG.). An NCV test times how quickly weak electrical pulses are able to move through the nerves. An EMG test, on the other hand, is used to determine the electrical activity of muscles while they are moving and while they are still.
Often times these tests are used together as detection tools in locating and diagnosing nerve injuries or disorders. Nerve testing may be performed for a number of different reasons and can be beneficial in developing a comprehensive treatment plan to treat chronic pain. A healthcare professional will determine if nerve testing is right for your specific case, depending upon a number of individual factors.
What to Expect
Nerve testing is a minimally invasive procedure, although it is crucial to follow specific instructions provided by your healthcare professional prior to the procedure to ensure that results are accurate. If you will be receiving both the NCV and EMG tests, your healthcare professional will begin with the NCV procedure. Patches will be placed directly on the skin in varying locations for this procedure. The patches will be used to stimulate the nerves with a mild electrical pulse. As the test is being performed, your nerves responses will be recorded. The EMG procedure will be performed after, or possibly during, the NCV test. For this procedure, electrode needles are placed into the skin and you will be asked to tighten or rest your muscles accordingly as the recording machine takes note of the results.
Benefits & Risks
Nerve testing is highly beneficial to those who are experiencing chronic pain or may be suffering from a nerve disorder. By undergoing nerve testing, your health care professional is able to more adequately determine the location and severity of your condition. This is an important step in ensuring that you are able to receive a treatment plan that is catered specifically to your needs. Many who have undergone nerve testing report minimal discomfort during testing. In some cases, there may be a very mild soreness in the areas where the electrode needles were inserted during testing.
At Total Health and Peak Medical, we strive to provide each patient with individualized care. Whether you require nerve testing due to chronic pain or a nerve disorder, we focus on the root cause of your discomfort. This allows us to develop one-of-a-kind treatment plans that are unique to your pain as well as your lifestyle.