Prepare for Your EMG and Nerve Conduction Studies
These studies measure and record electrical activity from the muscles and nerves. They are most often used to assess symptoms of pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness.
Part of the study may involve small needles that are inserted into the muscle. Mild electrical shocks are given to stimulate the nerve. You may experience some discomfort during the tests, but they generally are not painful. These tests take less than one hour.
To prepare for an EMG, please do the following:
You may take over-the-counter pain medication if you wish, as they do not affect test results.