If you have back pain or other physical pain that might be due to a nerve problem, Boris Kaim MD Neurology, in El Paso, Texas, offers electromyograms (EMG) to locate and assess your neurological problem. EMGs are powerful diagnostic tools that help Dr. Kaim identify and evaluate the nerve damage that’s causing your pain. The EMG helps him create customized treatment plans to reduce your pain and restore your quality of life. Call Boris Kaim MD Neurology to schedule a consultation today.
An EMG (electromyogram) tests the connection between your peripheral nerves and your muscles. Your motor neurons transmit electrical signals to your muscles that trigger the contractions and extensions that allow you to move. An EMG evaluates and records this nerve activity, which enables Dr. Kaim to diagnose the cause of many muscle and nerve disorders.
EMGs are safe and relatively painless. Dr. Kaim offers EMGs using both electrodes and needles. The electrodes monitor how your nerves communicate to your muscles, and the needle test measures the electrical activity in your muscles when they contract and rest.
Dr. Kaim uses EMGs to diagnose the cause of symptoms such as:
He often uses EMGs to identify and evaluate health conditions, including muscular dystrophy, radiculopathy (nerve compression), and peripheral nerve disorders. He also uses EMGs to assess nerve disorders like amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and multiple sclerosis.
Dr. Kaim gives you customized instructions to prepare for your EMG. You may need to stop taking over-the-counter or prescription medications before your test. You should shower before your EMG and not wear any lotions or oils on your skin, as they could interfere with your test results. You should wear comfortable clothing that doesn’t restrict your movement.
An EMG usually takes 30-60 minutes. During your test, you either lie on a treatment table or sit in a comfortable reclining chair. Your EMG technician begins by attaching sticky electrodes to your skin on the area of your body where you’re having symptoms. The electrodes monitor and record how well your nerves transmit signals to your muscles.
Then, your technician removes the sticky electrodes and inserts the needle electrodes into your muscles. The needle electrodes measure the electrical activity in your muscles while you’re at rest, and when you contract the muscle.
Dr. Kaim either reviews your EMG right away, or you have a follow-up appointment to talk about your results and the next steps in confirming a diagnosis or starting treatment.
If you have numbness, tingling, or muscle weakness, call Boris Kaim MD Neurology to make an appointment today for expert diagnostics, including EMGs.