Electromyography (EMG) is procedure used to diagnose and assess individual muscles or muscle group and the nerves that send signals to those muscles to control their movements and function – known as motor neurons.
Motor neurons send electrical signals that cause the muscles to contract – causing a person’s muscles to move. An EMG detects these nerve signals and translates them into a graph, sounds, or numbers– a well-educated physician like James L. Carlisle, MD can learn a lot about a patient’s muscle groups and nerve health from an EMG.
EMG is paired with a nerve conduction study, which uses electrodes stuck on the skin to measure the strength, speed, and frequency of nerve signals traveling between two places in the body. EMGs are low-risk to the patients and rarely result in complications.
James L. Carlisle, MD at Omega Rehab and Spine will order an EMG to help diagnose a variety of symptoms including:
- Tingling, numbness, muscle weakness
- Pain and cramping in the muscles
- Specific kinds of pain in the arms and legs
Contact Omega Rehabilitation and Spine today. James L. Carlisle, MD can evaluate and help plan effective treatment for occasional or chronic pain. If pain is a persistent or long-lasting problem in your everyday life, you shouldn’t wait a minute longer. Call today.