If you’re concerned about frequent muscle weakness or tingling sensations throughout your arms or legs, Dr. Debra Ibrahim can help. At One Oak Medical, with offices throughout New Jersey, as well as in Staten Island, New York, Dr. Ibrahim offers diagnostic EMG testing to evaluate the functionality of your muscles and nerves. If tests indicate a possible disorder, Dr. Ibrahim creates a custom treatment plan to address the problem and help you manage your symptoms. Schedule a consultation online or by calling One Oak Medical to learn more about the benefits of an EMG.
Electromyography (EMG) is a diagnostic procedure that assesses the health of your muscles and nerves. The test is useful in identifying nerve and muscle function disorders, as well as nerve-to-muscle communication.
Motor neurons in your nerves transmit electrical signals that tell your muscles what to do. An EMG uses small electrodes to formulate graphs based on these nerve signals. Dr. Ibrahim interprets the information on these graphs and other data to evaluate your muscle and nerve health.
Dr. Ibrahim may recommend an EMG if you have symptoms such as:
An EMG test can rule out or diagnose muscle disorders and nerve dysfunction conditions such as neuropathies and herniated spinal discs.
Before the procedure, you should discuss any medications you take with Dr. Ibrahim in case you need to stop taking them before the EMG. You shouldn’t use oils or lotions before an EMG to ensure accurate results.
During the procedure, Dr. Ibrahim places needle-like electrodes on various locations of your body, including the areas where you feel pain. When the electrodes are active, you may feel spasms in your muscle as the electrical current passes through. She may ask you to contract your muscles during certain times or change positions to monitor muscle and nerve activity.
Following an EMG, you may have some minor bruising at the electrode sites. That should resolve within a few days.
Dr. Ibrahim interprets the results of your exam and schedules a follow-up appointment to review the EMG data with you. If results show you have a muscle or nerve disorder, she recommends additional appointments for evaluation of your condition. She then creates a treatment plan to address your pain and other symptoms.
There are few risks associated with an EMG. Typically, risks of an EMG include:
Dr. Ibrahim can discuss the specifics of any increased risks you may have due to your medical history.
To learn more about the EMG procedure, schedule an appointment online or by phone with Dr. Ibrahim.