Electromyography

Also known as: EMG.

What is electromyography?

EMG is a diagnostic procedure to assess muscle health and nerves which supply them. EMG is performed to look for brain, spinal cord, nerve and muscle diseases.
 

What happens during the procedure?

The needle may cause discomfort or pain that usually ends shortly after the needle is removed. During procedure neurologist will give you instructions on resting or contracting muscles
 

Is any special preparation needed?

Inform your neurologist conducting EMG about certain conditions including:
  • Have a pacemaker or electrical devices
  • Taking blood thinning meds
  • Have blood disorders
 

What are the risk factors?

Risks are low and may include mild discomfort, mild bleeding, infection and nerve injury where needle is inserted.

Reviewed by: Sayed Z. Naqvi, MD

This page was last updated on: 7/25/2018 10:00:22 AM

Weekly Support Programs

Brain Wellness: Yoga for Kids

Participants will learn to optimize neurological potential across the developing age and care continuum, to provide other treatment modalities to optimize results, to provide options for our patients and families, to provide options for our patients and families, and more! Learn more.

From the Newsdesk

Mason's Story: Nicklaus Children's Makes the Difference for Child with Traumatic Brain Injury
Seeing a baby boy intubated, hooked up to a maze of machines, and with IV pumps snaking out of his tiny arms is an incredibly heartbreaking and terrifying experience. The Nicklaus Children’s staff was not only caring and friendly, but knowledgeable and explained everything to us in detail. Meeting the neurosurgery team brought us great comfort because they were confident and calm—they won our trust immediately.
Talkin' Kids Health: Individual Education Plans
Learn about Individual Education Plans with Dr. Reshma Naidoo, Neuropsychologist and Neurorehabilitation Specialist at Nicklaus Children's Hosptial.