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What is an emg nerve test used for?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 53 years experience
Diagnosis: Useful for pinched nerves, peripheral neuropathy, myopathy, myasthenia gravis, and to differentiate various problems with nerve and muscle. Can assist when nerve compressed within neck or back.
Dr. Michele Arnold
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 23 years experience
Nerves & muscles: Emg and nerve conduction studies are used to detect abnormalities of nerves and muscles. The test evaluates nerve roots as they exit your spine, the nerve plexus, peripheral nerves, the nerve-muscle junction, and muscle itself. It can detect pinched/compressed nerves (sciatica, carpal tunnel, and others), muscle disorders, neuropathy, and many other neuromuscular conditions.
Last updated Apr 11, 2018
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