EMG (Electromyography) is performed as a method to evaluate the muscles in our body. Thus, the diagnosis of muscle diseases is provided. The patient is given electricity for the diagnosis of diseases in the nerves and muscle system. It is also an application based on inserting a very fine-tipped needle into the muscles. The patient may experience pain during this application, but he will return to his normal life in a short time. EMG, which is not applied in patients with a pacemaker or brain pacemaker, can be performed on any other patient. Problems are revealed thanks to EMG, which is applied when necessary by experts who will listen to your problems. The source of weakness and pain complaints is investigated with EMG, which provides information about body muscles and nerves.
In Which Situations Is EMG (Electromyography) Performed?
It is an application performed in various diseases occurring in the peripheral nervous system. The most common situations are as follows:
- In nerve injuries caused by factors such as traffic accidents,
- In nerve entrapments such as carpal tunnel syndrome,
- Neck and waist hernia complaints,
- In case of deterioration of nerve functions caused by diabetes and kidney disease,
- In the diagnosis of nerve and muscle diseases such as Myasthenia or Myopathy,
- In the diagnosis of diseases caused by muscle wasting.
How is EMG (Electromyography) Performed?
Two methods are used to perform EMG (Electromyography). According to the first method, the electric current given is less. It is possible to record low-intensity electric current applied to the fingers and nerves in computerized environments. In another part, sterile needles are inserted into the muscles. The duration of EMG (Electromyography), which is completed in about 30 minutes, varies according to the patient’s compliance and the regions that the specialists want to examine.
What Should Be Considered for EMG (Electromyography)?
The patient should be careful about some issues while coming to the EMG (Electromyography) examination. It is necessary to be on a full stomach, to prefer clothes that can be taken off easily, not to use cosmetic products such as cream, to remove accessories, to indicate regularly used drugs, and to inform the physician in case of a treatment such as a pacemaker. Thus, it is ensured that measures are taken against factors that may adversely affect the work. The answer to whether there is any problem in the muscles is taken after this application.
Is EMG (Electromyography) Risky?
It is wondered whether the application performed by neurology or clinical neurophysiology specialists trained in EMG (Electromyography) is risky. We can state that this application, which does not cause any changes on the skin, is risk-free. Infection complaints, which are rarely seen, occur in practice carried out in very safe environments. Apart from this, the results of the procedure, which is not dangerous, take a few days.
Thanks to EMG, it is possible to see diseases and damages in the nervous system. It is seen as an effective method to find answers to questions about whether the problems experienced are caused by nerves or muscles.
Such practices are included in the centers providing professional health services. The most commonly used EMG methods include Single-fiber EMG, Repetitive nerve conduction applications and External sphinter EMG. To get more detailed information, you can call our center and ask your questions about EMG.