These are tests of the nerves in the hand, arms and legs, and occasionally elsewhere in the body. Sticky electrodes are placed on the skin to record the results of small electric pulses applied to the skin (which feel like a brief tingling sensation) to stimulate the nerves or muscles that are being tested. There are no after-effects. The test takes about 30 minutes. For some patients it is necessary to perform a EMG and record the naturally-occurring electrical activity within muscles. This is normally done with a fine wire inserted into the muscle.
These tests are used to detect disorders of the peripheral nerves which can give rise to symptoms such as numbness, tingling, burning and/or weakness of the hands, arms or legs. Some of the common disorders that can be diagnosed by nerve conduction studies are peripheral neuropathies, carpal tunnel syndrome, ulnar neuropathy, peroneal neuropathy (foot drop) and other nerve injuries.Dr Hinds performs nerve conduction studies and EMG for his own private patients and for other Doctors. If you are concerned that you require private nerve studies or EMG and wish to be referred to Dr Hinds talk to your doctor and ask to be referred to Dr Hinds at either the Sancta Maria or BMI Werndale Hospitals.