Redefine Healthcare is pleased to announce that they will now be offering electromyography at their four New Jersey locations. Electromyography (EMG) is a diagnostic procedure used to determine the health of muscles and nerve cells. Doctors use EMG to diagnose tissue or nerve dysfunction or issues with signal transmissions from the nerves to the muscles. The electrical signals transmitted by the motor neurons (the nerves that control the muscles) cause the muscle to contract. An EMG makes use of tiny electrodes to translate these signals into sounds, numerical values, or graphs for the specialist to interpret.
Reasons for an EMG
Your doctor may recommend an EMG if you have symptoms of a muscle or nerve disorder such as numbness or tingling, muscle weakness, muscle cramping or pain. The results of an EMG can help your doctor rule out other conditions such as muscular dystrophy, myasthenia gravis, carpal tunnel syndrome, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or herniated disk.
Preparing for an EMG
When you schedule your EMG, ask what steps you should take to prepare. You may need to stop taking certain prescription medications (but do not stop unless directed to do so by your doctor). You may also need to make a bath or take a shower shortly before your procedure and avoid using any creams or lotions on the skin. Be sure to let your doctor know if you have certain medical conditions such as a pacemaker, blood-thinning medications, or hemophilia. When you arrive for your EMG, you will likely lie on a table as the specialist places electrodes at specific locations on your skin depending on where your symptoms are.
What to expect
During an EMG, the electrodes will periodically emit tiny electrical currents that will feel like spasms or twinges. If needle electrodes are used, the discomfort may be more intense but will end upon removal of the needles. You will receive instructions on when to rest and contract specific muscles and specific times, and you may be asked to change positions during the procedure. After the EMG, you may notice some minor and temporary bruising that fades within a few days.
After your procedure, a neurologist interprets the results and prepares a report. You will then attend a follow-up appointment at which time your primary care doctor or the doctor who ordered the test will discuss the results with you and help you decide on a course of action.
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At Redefine Healthcare, we pride ourselves in offering comprehensive, quality care to those in our community. We employ, a compassionate and skilled team, led by board-certified specialists who make patient care and education their top priority. We provide a range of treatments for various spine and pain issues and use the latest research and technology to ensure that we deliver the best care possible. If you are experiencing pain, contact the team at Redefine Healthcare today to schedule a consultation.