When abnormal muscle cramping or pain reduces your quality of life, diagnostic electromyography (EMG) can pinpoint the root cause of your symptoms. At Lafayette Bone and Joint Clinic in Lafayette, Louisiana, Daniel Hodges, MD, offers on-site EMG testing to determine the cause of your pain so treatment can begin as soon as possible. Learn more about the benefits of diagnostic testing with an EMG by calling the office or scheduling a consultation online today.
Electromyography is a diagnostic testing resource that records the electrical impulses in your muscles. This type of test can also evaluate the functionality of the nerve cells that control your muscle movements.
The test uses small sensors, known as electrodes, that collect the electrical signals and translate the data into graphs or numbers. This information is what Dr. Hodges uses to understand the results of your testing.
You may need an EMG if you’re experiencing pain or other symptoms that can indicate a nerve or muscle disorder. These symptoms can include:
Testing can determine if you have a disorder or disease that’s responsible for your pain, such as carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), a herniated disc, or a muscle disorder.
An EMG involves two types of testing procedures. In one procedure, Dr. Hodges places electrodes on the surface of your skin near the area experiencing pain. This delivers a low electrical current, which can cause your muscles to spasm or twitch at times.
Another type of EMG procedure involves the insertion of a slender needle into your muscle tissue. This test allows Dr. Hodges to assess if you have abnormal electrical activity in your muscle while it’s at rest. It also determines the level of activity during muscle contractions.
In the needle EMG, Dr. Hodges asks you to contract or relax your muscle during different phases of the test.
Immediately after your EMG, you can expect to go home. You may experience some minor bruising in the area where the needle was inserted, but that goes away in a few days on its own.
Dr. Hodges reviews the results of your test and may prescribe additional diagnostic testing procedures. If he’s able to make a diagnosis after the EMG, he can discuss his recommendations for treatment with you based on your condition.
If you have unexplained nerve pain that interferes with your ability to stay active, schedule a consultation at Lafayette Bone and Joint Clinic by calling the office or booking an appointment online today.