Testing of many neurological conditions involves analysing electrical signals of nerves (Nerve Conduction Studies) and muscle (EMG: Electromyography). These are useful for peripheral nerve problems.

Dr Granot specialises in a full range of neurophysiology tests to complete a thorough investigation of many neurological complaints.

Neurophysiology is the study of the function of nerves. By measuring responses and effects of nerves, the neurophysiologist can diagnose a variety of problems, including entrapment of nerves (such as carpal tunnel syndrome), where nerves are compressed by other structures, or damage of nerves (such as neuropathy due to diabetes).

By using computer-aided technology, the small responses of nerves and muscles are recorded accurately to help with diagnosis.

What will I feel during the nerve conduction test?

Given the small electrical pulse, you may feel an unusual tapping sensation at the site of the stimulus on the arms or legs, depending on what part(s) of the body the test is performed. If the movement part of the nerve is being tested, you may feel the twitch of the muscle. There are no after effects of the test.

How long will it take?

Usually, the test takes less than 30 minutes and the results are then discussed at the time.

Preparation

Wear loose clothing to allow nerves to be tested easily.
Please remove rings and bracelets from your hands, and try to remain warm to obtain the most accurate results

What do I feel during electromyography?

Not all nerve conduction studies need EMG, so most will not experience this.

For those that need EMG, the thin size of the needle (much finer than a blood-taking needle and around the size of an acupuncture needle) means the test should not be too uncomfortable, but it may leave a small bruise and some discomfort in the muscle for a little while after the test.

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