Florida Spine & Pain Management Institute

Electromyogram (EMG) and
Nerve Conduction Velocity (NCV) STUDIES

What Is An Electromyogram
And What Problems Can I Treat?

Nerve problems can cause pain, unpleasant sensations, and loss of both feeling and function in any part of your body. Double board-certified physiatrist Dr. Javier Placer, MD, and his team at Specialized Rehabilitation Physicians Group in Clermont and Orlando, Florida, are experts in using electrodiagnostic medicine techniques like EMG (electromyogram) and NCV (nerve conduction velocity) studies to find the causes of nerve pain. If you think you have nerve problems, call the Specialized Rehabilitation Physicians Group today or book an appointment online.

What Are Electromyogram Studies?

The electromyogram ( EMG ) and NCV studies are both forms of electrodiagnostic medicine. Dr. Javier Placer, MD and his team use electrodiagnostic to diagnose, evaluate, and treat patients who have problems with nerve function.

Electromyogram (EMG)

EMG is short for electromyogram. Dr. Javier Placer, MD and his team use EMG technology to measure the electrical signals in your muscles to see if any nerves aren’t working as they should. He inserts very slim needles into precise points in your muscles. The electromyogram ( EMG ) machine records the electrical signals and creates a readout for Dr. Javier Placer, MD, to analyze.

Nerve Conduction Velocity (NCV)

NCV is short for nerve conduction velocity. Dr. Javier Placer, MD and his team use a carefully measured electrical current to activate certain nerves. He can then measure how quickly and efficiently your nerves are responding. EMG and NCV studies are typically done at the same time, to give a clear picture of how your nerves are functioning and highlight any problems.

How Do Electromyograms
And NCV Studies Help Diagnose
Nerve Problems?

When your body is working as it should, your nerves send messages to each of your muscles to tell them what they should be doing. These messages come from your brain and spinal cord (central nervous system). These messages might be a response to you thinking about a deliberate action like getting dressed or preparing a meal, or they might be involuntary like the beating of your heart.

Every message from your central nervous system to your nerves and then from your nerves to your muscles uses electricity, so measuring the speed and strength of the electrical activity can help pinpoint the cause of your nerve condition. Sometimes the nerves aren’t receiving the right messages, and sometimes they aren’t sending out the right signals to your muscles, which can cause pain, lack of function, and unpleasant sensations like:

  • Tingling
  • Numbness
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Weakness
  • Pins and needles
EMG or electromyogram

What Might EMG And NCV Studies Show?

Electromyogram ( EMG ) and nerve conduction velocity ( NCV )studies can help to diagnose conditions like:

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Nerve complications
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Pinched nerves

Electromyogram (EMG) Studies Available In Winter Park, Davenport, Clermont and Orlando Florida

Dr. Javier Placer, MD, and his team use the most technologically advanced forms of Electromyogram ( EMG ) and nerve conduction velocity (NCV) testing at Florida Spine and Pain Institute. To find out more, call the practice today or book an appointment online.