Electromyography (EMG) (cont.)
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No specific preparation is needed for the testing.
During the EMG Procedure
During EMG, small pins or needles are inserted into muscles to measure electrical activity. The needles are different than needles used for injection of medications. They are small and solid, not hollow like hypodermic needles. Because no medication is injected, discomfort is much less than with shots.
After the EMG Procedure
If the patient is having this test in a doctor's office, he or she will be sent home following the procedure without any restriction of activities. Some people may have minor aches and pains from the testing.
The report of the testing will be sent to the doctor who ordered the test. The ordering doctor will discuss the results with the patient or the doctor.
Medically reviewed by Avrom Simon, MD; Board Certified Preventative Medicine with Subspecialty in Occupational Medicine
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/5/2016
J. Stephen Huff, MD
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