A member asked:

Can nerve conduction study be done for upper back pain , shoulder pain and neck pain?

4 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Leland Berkwits answered

Specializes in Pain Management

Spine Pain workup: Electrodiagnostic testing (nerve conduction studies (NCS) and needle EMG) is performed to diagnose if pain, numbness, or weakness in the limbs (arms and/or legs) are due to nerve problems. Upper back and neck pain are NOT usually caused by pinched nerves and an EMG/NCS is not usually performed for this problem. Shoulder pain can have many causes unrelated to neck or back issues.

Answered 2/26/2017


Dr. Steven Sheskier answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery

Yes: After taking a history, and a thorough orthopedic and neurologic examination an EMG /NCV may provide help diagnosing and treating these complaints

Answered 7/5/2014



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