Electrodiagnostic Testing

When your doctor suggests Electromyography (EMG) and Nerve Conduction Velocity (NCV), it’s likely because pain has begun to limit your daily functioning. So what are these tests?

EMG and NCV testing is generally used to accurately determine injuries to the nerves or nerve roots as well as diseases of the nerves and muscles. The two tests—usually given together—help us pinpoint whether your particular problem stems from the muscles or the nerves.


Both will help your doctor understand the reasons for:

The EMG shows the cause of pain by looking at the condition of your muscles and nerves and measuring electrical activity in response to stimulation of the muscle. The NCV test identifies nerve damage by showing how fast electrical signals move through a nerve.

Both the EMG and NCV give your medical specialist the information needed to diagnose conditions like:

Once we understand the cause of your problem, our highly-trained physiatrists discuss treatment options with you. Depending on your condition, treatment may include use of a splint or brace, physical therapy, occupational therapy and medications for pain management.