The specialists at Michigan Neurology Associates & Pain Consultants treat a full range of medical conditions related to nerve damage and muscle disorders. To enable them to provide the best treatment plan for our patients throughout the Metro Detroit area, both centers at Clinton Township and St. Clair Shores, MI, are equipped with the most advanced on-site lab and diagnostic equipment and technology including Electromyography (EMG) and Nerve Conduction (NVC) diagnostic procedures.
We are open Monday through Friday. Our trained technicians perform the EMG and other diagnostic testing procedures to provide you with accurate and timely results that better inform our doctors to plan the course of treatment and also shared with your primary care doctor.
Electromyography (EMG) is an electrodiagnostic procedure that assesses the health of your muscles and the nerve cells that control muscle activity. It is used to identify several simple nerve entrapment syndromes like carpal tunnel syndrome, spinal nerve root injury(radiculopathy) or generalized nerve disorder(polyneuropathy). The test is routinely performed in conjunction with the Nerve Conduction Velocity (NCV) for the comprehensive results.
For the EMG test, our technician provider inserts a thin needle testing shock (at the intensity of a “carpet shock”) fitted with an electrode directly into the muscle to record the electrical activity that the muscle tissue exhibits in certain disease states.
If when your doctor at Michigan Neurology Associates & Pain Consultants performs a physical examination detects symptoms suggesting a neuromuscular disease, they may recommend an EMG for an accurate diagnosis of your condition. The symptoms include:
An EMG is effectively used to diagnose several nerve dysfunctions, muscle dysfunctions, or conditions in which there are nerve-to-muscle signal transmission issues such as:
EMG is also used to rule out several other conditions that may display similar symptoms.
Depending on the treatment area, our technician will ask you to sit or lie down and to disrobe if needed. They then will attach a ground electrode to your skin then clean the area to be stimulated while then recording from the nerve or a related muscle site. Only the physician will insert the needle electrode. The needle used for the EMG procedure is similar to the fine needles used in acupuncture and is Teflon-coated, causing little to no discomfort once inserted through the skin.
The electrode under the skin records the electrical activity of the muscles, so during the procedure your doctor may ask you to contract and release your muscles a few times to study its effects on the muscle activity and their control. The test can be completed within 30 minutes.
Electrodiagnostic medicine allows sensitive, objective testing that increases the accuracy of a specialized neurological exam. We also offer other electrodiagnostic testing procedures such as:
1. Evoked potential (EP) studies: measures the electrical activity in your brain in response to different stimuli such as light, sound, and nerve stimulations. They also check the connectivity along the myelinated pathways in your brain and spinal cord. These tests diagnose several conditions such as tumors, multiple sclerosis (MS), or other spinal cord or nerve root-related diseases.
At Michigan Neurology Associates & Pain Consultants, our team uses three types of evoked potential studies for the correct diagnosis of diseases. They are:
For more information on the electrodiagnostic procedures and other services that we offer, contact us at Michigan Neurology Associates & Pain Consultants, today. You can schedule a consultation with our specialists serving the Metro Detroit area in Clinton Township, St. Clair Shores, MI, for the most advanced treatments and therapies.Request an Appointment