Electrodiagnostic Medicine

Electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction studies (NCS) are electrodiagnostic tools that help identify the source of muscle weakness, pain, or numbness.

EMG and NCS tests evaluate the electrical activity of muscles and peripheral nerves in the upper and lower limbs. Doctors with specialized training in electrodiagnosis interpret the muscle and nerve responses to determine the most effective treatments.

EMG and NCS aid in diagnosing:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Focal nerve injuries
  • Muscle disorders, such as multiple sclerosis and ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease)
  • Nerve injuries in the neck and back
  • Neuromuscular diseases
  • Peripheral neuropathies, such as muscular dystrophy

Make an Appointment

Before scheduling an appointment, you will need a prescription from your health care provider.

Electrodiagnostic services are available at the following Pittsburgh-area locations by calling 412-692-4400:

Specialized studies are available for laryngeal conditions and pudendal nerve disorders at:

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