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Electromyogram (EMG)

At the New Jersey Spine Institute, all of our procedures are performed by a team of two Board Certified Orthopedic Spine Surgeons to maximize relief and minimize your recovery time.

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Electromyogram (EMG)

Electromyogram (EMG) is a diagnostic tool used to test nerve conduction and electrical activity in the muscles surrounding the spine. An EMG is often used to find the precise source of back and neck pain as well as numbness or tingling in the extremities (radiculopathy).

During this test, small electrodes are placed on the skin and short electrical impulses are passed through the electrodes into the nerve or muscles. The reaction time and response of these muscles is used to determine precisely where the pain is being generated. The test is also used to determine if any permanent impairment or motor deficits have occurred due to nerve irritation or compression. This test is especially useful if a patient is considering a surgical procedure.

This non-surgical procedure is performed on an outpatient basis by the expert staff at the New Jersey Spine Institute and requires no anesthesia. We use this procedure as part of our comprehensive diagnosis process. AtNew Jersey Spine Institute, we believe that an accurate diagnosis is the first step to relief.