Electro-Diagnostic Medicine (EMG/NCS)
Electro-Diagnostic Medicine is the medical field of study that uses electrical currents to help medical staff treat, diagnose, and evaluate people who have problems with their muscular, neuromuscular, and neurological systems. These conditions include carpal tunnel syndrome, multiple sclerosis, ALS, muscular dystrophy, and nerve injuries.
An electromyogram (EMG) is a device that lets Dr. Wilgarde study your muscle’s electrical activity. Dr. Wilgarde will put a small electrode needle into your muscles and record and study your muscles’ activity level.
A nerve conductor study (NCS) allows Dr. Wilgarde to measure your nerves’ electrical activity speed. We will attach an electrode patch to specific parts of your body to stimulate and measure your nerves’ electrical activity.
This medicine lets Dr. Wilgarde find out exactly what is causing your muscle issues, and he can then treat the condition. You can expect your appointment to last from 20 minutes up to an hour, and it is an outpatient procedure.
Before your procedure, Dr. Wilgarde may ask you to get into a gown, and then he will attach the electrode patches or insert the small electrode needles into your muscles. He may also ask you to relax or contract certain muscles, or shift positions so that he can get accurate measurements during the exam.