Nerve Testing

Total Health Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Center -  - Integrated Medical Clinic

Total Health Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Center

Integrated Medical Clinic located in Florham Park, NJ

When you suffer from chronic pain, nerve testing can help your doctor determine the best course of treatment. The multidisciplinary team of chiropractors, physical therapists, and acupuncturists at Total Health Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Center in Florham Park, New Jersey, work together to provide complete care for your chronic pain and debilitating health conditions. Nerve testing provides important information about the origin and severity of your pain and lets your doctor know if you have a nerve disorder that requires treatment. Call the office to schedule a consultation or request an appointment online today.

Nerve Testing Q & A

What is Nerve Testing?

Nerve testing is a collective term for two different types of tests: nerve conduction velocity (NCV) and electromyogram (EMG). The NCV test records how quickly electrical pulses move through your nerves. The EMG test determines the electrical activity of your muscles while you are moving and while you are resting.

The expert team at Total Health Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Center uses these two tests to locate and diagnose nerve injuries or disorders that are the underlying cause of your chronic pain. Once your providers determine what’s causing your pain, they can create a custom treatment plan that includes all the types of therapies that can help provide pain relief.

What is a Nerve Conduction Velocity Test?

The NCV identifies nerve damage by measuring how fast an electrical pulse travels through your nerve. During this nerve test, your provider attaches electrode patches to your skin over a nerve. One electrode stimulates your nerve with a mild electrical pulse while another electrode records the data.

An NCV test detects any problems with the nerve, including:

  • Guillain-Barré syndrome
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Sciatic nerve problems
  • Chronic inflammatory neuropathy
  • Peripheral nerve injuries


Nerve conduction studies provide valuable information to uncovering the cause of symptoms like numbness, tingling, and constant pain in a particular area of your body, such as your wrist or lower back.

What is an EMG?

An EMG is a test that records electrical activity in your muscles. Your provider often conducts an NCV and an EMG in conjunction with each other to determine if the source of your pain is coming from nerve damage or a problem within a muscle. During an electromyography, your provider places tiny needs in a muscle to record electrical activity.

As you relax and contract your muscle during the test, your doctor analyzes the signals. If you are having your leg tested, for example, you may lift and bend your leg so your doctor can see how your muscle responds to the action. The EMG test helps to detect any type of neuromuscular abnormalities.

When you come to Total Health Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Center with chronic pain, your team of health care professionals may recommend nerve testing so they can create a unique treatment plan that targets the root cause of your pain.

To learn more about nerve testing, call Total Health Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Center to schedule an appointment or use the convenient online booking tool.