Electromyography (EMG) / Nerve Conduction Clinic

The Electromyography (EMG) clinic offers electrodiagnostic testing that evaluates nerve and muscle function. This includes a consultation with a specialized physician, nerve conduction studies (NCS) and EMG studies if believed necessary. EMG/NCS studies are particularly useful for:

  • Mononeuropathies (Carpal tunnel syndrome, ulnar neuropathy etc.)
  • Polyneuropathies: congenital & acquired
  • Radiculopathies
  • Plexopathies
  • Myopathies
  • Diagnosis of neuromuscular disorders

During a nerve conduction study, surface electrodes will be placed on the skin over a muscle or nerve.  A small electrical pulse will be given to stimulate the nerve and assess the health of the nerve.

During an EMG study, a small needle electrode (about the size of an acupuncture pin) is inserted into select muscles to listen to the muscle’s electrical activity and assess the health of the muscle.

These tests are uncomfortable but are generally well tolerated. Appointments usually last 1 to 2 hours depending on complexity. 

Specialist: Dr. Lauren Reid, physiatrist

Please note that a medical referral is mandatory.

Preparation

  • Bring a list of all your medications
  • If symptoms are in the hands or arms, wear (or bring) a short sleeve shirt
  • If symptoms are in legs or feet, bring a pair of shorts if you want to avoid changing into a hospital gown
  • Keep hands warm, bring a pair of gloves
  • Do not apply lotions or creams on the day of testing
  • Please arrive 20 to 30 minutes before your appointment to allow time for parking and registration.

Hours of operation

  • Mondays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Registration 

  • Room 1C175