Nerve and Muscle Testing (EMG/NCS) Since 1989

About EMG/What is EMG/NCS?

emg clinic nerve test tech-patientElectromyography (EMG/NCS) is an accurate test that evaluates the health of the nerves and muscles. During the EMG, the doctor will evaluate various muscles to determine if they are functioning properly. The doctor will place a small electrode inside the muscle to record the electrical activity. A Nerve Conduction Study (NCS) measures the time required for a small stimulus to travel across a nerve.  With new technology and the special techniques developed by Dr. Bingham, this test can be performed with very little discomfort.  We routinely perform this test on adults and children.  This procedure takes about 30-60 minutes. No premedication is required, and you will be able to return to usual activities immediately.

 

Special note: This procedure is nothing to worry about.  Most patients tell us that they worried for nothing.  We also do this test on children.  You will be in complete control of this procedure and you can tell us to stop at any time.  We take every effort to make our patients comfortable. We have been performing these tests for 30 years and our unique approach minimizes any discomfort. 

Learn more about an EMG and what to expect


 

 

What to Expect

What to Expect Video

 

Why have I been referred to Bingham Nerve & Muscle?

You have been referred to Bingham Nerve & Muscle because you have experienced numbness, tingling, pain, weakness and/or muscle cramping.  If your provider suspects that you may have a problem with your nerves or muscles, this procedure will likely be an important part of your evaluation. This procedure takes about 30-60 minutes.

 

What should I bring?

Please bring your insurance cards and a valid form of identification. Also, take a bath or shower to remove oil from your skin. Do not use body lotion or powder the day of your test to improve the quality of the test results. Also, to save time, you may download and complete our Patient Forms to bring with you.

 

What kind of training do EMG/NCS doctors have?

  • Four years of college
  • Four years of medical school
  • Four years of residency in neurology or physical medicine and rehabilitation (physiatry)
  • Board certification in physical medicine and rehabilitation
  • Board certification in electrodiagnostic medicine (ABEM)

 

Nerve Conduction Studies

Nerve conduction studies show how well an electrical signal travels across a nerve.  Special equipment records how the nerve works.  The doctor may test several nerves.

 

Electromyography

In this part of the exam, the doctor evaluates the electrical signals that travel from the muscle to the EMG monitor. A small electrode will be placed just under the skin in a few different muscles. With new technology and special techniques, this procedure is done with minimal discomfort.   

 

When will I know the test results?

Our physicians do testing only. They will not discuss the diagnosis or treatment of your condition.  Please return to your referring provider for further care.  Typically formal reports are faxed to your physician within 48 hours.  We will provide your physician with an accurate diagnosis so that you can enjoy a speedy recovery.

 

Peripheral Nervous System

Our physicians are experts in terms of evaluating all the nerves in the diagram shown to the right.  The diagram is intended to show what we do and how we can help you.
 
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Five Things You Must Know Before You Pick an EMG Doctor

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  1. Make sure your doctor is a neurologist or a physiatrist (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation).

  2. Make sure your doctor is board certified by the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine or by the American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology.

  3. Find an ABEM Certified Physician

  4. American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology

  5. Preferably your doctor and his laboratory should be accredited by the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine.

    Find an accredited lab

  6. Technologists should be certified. Certified Nerve Conduction Technologists (CNCT) 

  7.  Make sure that the equipment is standard electromyography equipment. There are several manufacturers of standard and well-accepted equipment, but there are also many gadgets that are not acceptable. This equipment should provide for real time data and waveforms on a computer and should not be set to a remote site for evaluation by a computer or other individual.


 

 

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