An EMG test is a common test used by neurologists to check for nerve damage resulting from spinal injuries. The strong force of a car accident causes havoc to the human spine and may result in disc damage including bulging discs and herniated discs. When the bulging discs or herniated discs press on the spinal cord or the nerve endings coming out of the spinal cord, nerve damage occurs. EMG or nerve conductions tests are medical tests that will reveal the existence of nerve damage.
EMG stands for electromyogram. EMG tests measure the electrical activity of the muscles. Our nerves control our muscles and if the electrical activity is not normal, nerve damage is present. EMG tests record the electricity in the muscles at rest and then with muscle activity. An EMG test for a personal injury is usually an intramuscular EMG test. This means that the neurologist will insert small needles through your skin and into your arm or leg muscles. EMG testing is known to be painful and uncomfortable for many patients. Unfortunately, an EMG test is an important objective medical test that should not be skipped if prescribed by your doctor.
Nerve conduction tests are also nerve tests that look for nerve damage caused by personal injuries. Needles are inserted into the patient’s skin. An electric stimulator is then placed on the skin near the effected nerve. The needles measure the electrical signal that is transmitted from the electrical stimulator through the nerve. A computer is then used to record the timing of the electrical signals travelling through the nerves.
EMG tests and nerve conduction tests are considered objective medical testing. Objective medical testing is the most reliable type of medical testing. EMG tests and nerve conduction tests are usually done together to improve the accuracy of the testing results. Your neurologist will perform these nerve tests, record the results, and then prepare an EMG/Nerve Conduction Test report and forward it to your treating physician.
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