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Electromyography/Nerve Conduction Study (EMG/NCS) Instructions
Please read the following instructions carefully for important information regarding your study
A nerve conduction test and electromyography study includes several things:
A. First, the neurologist will assess your symptoms and decide which nerves to test
B. Second, the neurologist will test nerve speed by delivering a series of electrical impulses or stimuli to your
affected extremity. This electrical stimulation portion of the exam is the nerve test.
C. Third, the electromyography study or EMG, will consist of the neurologist placing a very small needle into a
specific muscle to assess any problems that may be contributing to your symptoms. There is no electricity with this
portion of the test.
Prior to the test:
• Please ensure your skin is clean and dry. Please do not apply any lotions, oils, grease or creams on the morning
or day of your test.
• You may take all medications per your normal routine. However, please contact Peak Neurology prior to your
appointment date if you take any blood thinning medications such as: Warfarin, Heparin, Pradaxa, Xarelto or Coumadin
as these medications may affect your exam.
• If you are having an upper extremity (arms) study, please be sure to wear a loose fitting, short-sleeved shirt such
as a T-shirt or tank top that allows access up to your shoulders. If you are having a lower extremity (legs) study, please
be sure to wear shorts that allows access up to your mid thigh.
• Please do not bring children into the procedure room.
• This procedure typically lasts anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes. Please schedule your appointment accordingly.
• If you have any questions related to this test or how it is performed, please contact us prior to your test date.
The results of your study will be reviewed with you at the end of the procedure. A report will be available for your
referring provider no earlier than 24 hours after your appointment.