Jules Steimnitz, MD  

What To Expect:
An electromyogram (EMG)is done in a hospital, clinic or doctor's office. The test may be performed by an EMG tech or a doctor specializing in diseases of the nervous system (neurologist) or in physical rehabilitation (physiatrist).

You will be asked to lie on a table or bed or sit in a reclinig chair so that the muscles being tested are relaxed and easy to reach.

You will feel a brief, sharp pain each time a needle electrode is inserted into the muscle.

The skin over the areas to be tested is cleaned with antiseptic solution. An electrode that combines the reference point and a needle for recording is inserted into the specific muscle to be tested and attached by wires to a recording machine.

When the testing is completed, the needle and skin electrodes are removed and those areas of the sking where the needle was inserted are cleaned.

Some soreness and tingling sensation may persist for 1-2 days. If you notice an increase in pain, swelling or tenderness at any of the needle insertion sites, call our office immediately.