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