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21:59 - 4 May , 2021

Medical procedure



What is Electromyography?

It is a diagnostic study whose technique allows analyzing the neurons that are responsible for sending electrical signals to the muscles to perform movements, as well as detecting possible muscle conditions that cause lack of strength, decreased mobility, or loss of muscle mass. With it, it is possible to identify the presence of nervous system diseases that hinder the sending of signals to the muscles.

Muscles contract by receiving electrical impulses from movement neurons, known as motor neurons. And what electromyography does is record and represent these signals graphically, sonically, and numerically. 

This test can be performed with needle or surface electrodes, being able to measure the electrical signals’ intensity and their response in a given muscle. 

If you experience any of these symptoms see your doctor, it will probably order an electromyography: 

  • Weakness, numbness, and tingling in the muscles.
  • Cramps and moderate to severe pain.
  • Sore limbs and movement difficulties.

This test is regularly done to confirm the diagnosis of conditions such as: 

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
  • Poliomyelitis.
  • Herniated discs. 
  • Polymyositis and dystrophy. 
  • Pathologies that hinder communication between the nervous and muscular systems. 
  • Peripheral neuropathies.
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome.

Potential risks

There are practically no risks in this procedure, but some infections and hemorrhages can rarely occur or sometimes the analyzed nerve can be damaged when placing the needle electrodes. 

At the Neurophysiology Clinic we are prepared to offer you the most advanced neurophysiological tests to diagnose the various pathologies that affect your nervous system, which represent a quantitative, reproducible, and generally non-invasive measure that enriches the neurological examination, providing an interaction platform and support in the diagnosis and treatment of neurologically affected patients.

The tests we perform include all the tools of a comprehensive neurophysiology service:

  • Electroencephalogram.
  • Electromyography.
  • Evoked potentials.
  • Outpatient polysomnography.
  • Hospital polysomnography.
  • Transcranial doppler.
  • Neuro-otology tests.
  • Otoacoustic emissions.
  • Intraoperative monitoring.
  • Magnetic stimulation.

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