EMG/NCV Nerve Testing in Brentwood, Lindenhurst, Patchogue of Long Island NY Areas.
Pediatrics of Long Island offers walk-in EMG Testing with no appointment necessary.
At Long Island Pediatrics, we are totally dedicated to the health and well-being of your child. We believe in providing comprehensive healthcare services that can ensure your child’s health now and for years to come. If you have noticed your child has been experiencing weak or sore muscles without an obvious explanation, an EMG/NCV nerve test may be the diagnostic process that can provide answers, so you can help them feel better.
EMG stands for electromyography and NCV stands for nerve conduction velocity, tests designed to help your doctor measure how quickly and effectively your muscles and nerves respond to signals sent from your brain. These two tests can provide in-depth answers about your neuromuscular system and any damage or abnormalities that may be present in the body and causing issues.
EMG and NCV testing is often done during the same office visit, as they relate well to one another and when combined can provide a more complete picture of your body’s total functionality. These tests are minimally invasive outpatient procedures, making them simple and effective diagnostic tools. There is minimal preparation necessary, so you can maintain your normal schedule and regular activities both before and after your test. Prior to your exam, you may be asked to avoid caffeine and smoking as well as certain medications. You will also need to refrain from using any moisturizers or lotions prior to your testing appointment, so the electrode patches used will be able to effectively adhere to your skin. It is important to tell your doctor before your schedule your test if you have a pacemaker or other device. The experienced physicians at Long Island Pediatrics can answer any other questions and address your concerns prior, during, and following your child’s test.
NCV testing is less invasive than EMG and can typically be conducted first. During your nerve conduction velocity test, electrodes will be attached to your skin over the nerves being tested. These electrodes will send mild electrical pulses to the nerve and record its response. The speed of the nerve’s response will determine its health and whether treatment is required.Electrode patches are also used for an EMG test, however in addition, a thin needle is also inserted into your muscles. During this portion of the test, you will be asked to flex and relax your muscles, which will allow your doctor to record how well the muscle responds to nerve signals. The most common side effect of these tests are some muscle soreness for 1-2 days where the needles were inserted.
Following your tests, a doctor will review your results and decide whether a specialist should be recommended. EMG and NCV testing can provide insight into whether your nerves have been damaged or you have a neuromuscular disorder. If you are referred to a specialist, it is likely that you will undergo further testing to identify the extent of any condition or injury.
If you are interested in whether EMG/NCV testing is right for your child, contact the experienced physicians at one of Long Island Pediatrics’ 3 convenient locations to schedule an appointment.