- Body Composition Testing
- Open MRI
- Bone Health Clinic
- - Osteoporosis
- - Appointment Visits
- - Safety & Treatment
- Pediatric Orthopedics
- Spine & Pain Clinic
- Sports Medicine
- Injury Walk-In Clinic
- Kiva VCF Treatment System
- Total Ankle Replacement
- Total Hip Replacement
- Total Knee Replacement
- XP Preserving Knee
- Minimally Invasive Procedures
- - Direct Anterior Hip Replacement
- - Direct Superior Hip Replacement
- - Hip Arthroscopy
- - Meniscal Transplant
- - Mini-Posterior Hip Replacement
- - Regenerative Orthopedics
- - PRP Therapy
- - MACI
- - IRAP
- - FloGraft
What is an EMG test?
Electromyography, or EMG, involves the testing of the electrical activity of muscles. A nerve conduction study, or NCS, measures the nerve conduction velocity, or NCV. The two tests are often performed in conjunction with each other during the same office visit, and performed by the same physician. Risks and procedures are low, but will generally apply to each test and person individually.
Dr. Smith, our physiatrist at Iowa Ortho, is a physician who is trained in physical medicine and rehabilitation. He performs special testing called electrodiagnosis, or EDX, which assists our orthopedic surgeons and other physicians in the evaluation of muscle and nerve concerns.
Why EMG and NCS?
With some medical conditions, the electrical activity of the muscles or nerves is not normal. That’s where an EMG or NCS/NCV test comes in. They use an electromyogram to detect these abnormal muscle and nerve properties and provide specific, detailed reports on how your muscles and nerves are functioning. This information helps doctors determine an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan.
Electrodiagnostic testing can assist with the diagnosis of nerve compression or injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome and lumbar or cervical nerve root compression or injury. Electric muscle activity and nerve testing also helps determine the cause of weakness, numbness, pain and symptoms such as fatigue, spasms, abnormal sensation, and many other conditions involving the muscles or nerves.
There are no patient restrictions before or after either test. The only thing we ask is that you do not put on any lotion the day of your test. Both electromyography and nerve conduction tests can take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes and have no permanent after affects. Results of your study are read and forwarded to the physician who ordered the test(s).
If you are taking blood-thinning medications such as Coumadin, have hemophilia, or have a cardiac pacemaker, make sure you inform your physician. With these conditions, the physician will determine if the testing procedure ordered will be safe and effective. Our outpatient testing schedulers will be glad to collect this information and assist you in scheduling the appropriate test at the right time.
Scheduling an EMG or NCS
Our focus is on providing quality electrodiagnostic testing that is convenient for you and your family. That’s why IOC offers convenient hours each weekday for you to have your testing completed.
Since both the EMG and/or NCS tests are diagnostic medical studies, a referral from a physician or appropriate health care professional is normally required. If you‘ve already received a referral from your physician or healthcare provider, you can schedule your appointment in person or over the phone at (515) 247-8400, or (800) 642-6381. Your physician’s office or hospital emergency room staff can also call our scheduling staff to schedule an EMG or NCS for you.
Check with your insurance carrier to see if your plan requires a referral. If so, you can verify with our office that the referral has been received prior to your scheduled study.
If you have any questions regarding an EMG or NCS, please feel free to contact our office at (515) 247-8400.
Click here for a printable copy of the EMG/NCS flyer