Nerve Conduction Studies
The purpose of a nerve conduction study is to provide doctors with information on how quickly and how well your body’s nerves send waves of electricity. This study is designed to help doctors check for a variety of issues that involve the peripheral nervous system, which includes all of your body’s nerves except for the ones situated in your brain and spinal cord.
What Are Nerve Conduction Studies Used For?
There are a variety of reasons doctors use nerve conduction studies. Reasons can include:
- To check for nerve damage that is prompted by diabetes and other conditions
- Evaluate nerve damage after an injury
- Test for conditions that affect the nervous system
- Look for trapped nerves that cause conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome
What Can I Expect During a Nerve Conduction Study?
Once you’ve removed any clothing, jewelry, glasses, or metal objects that may interfere with the procedure, you will be asked to put on a gown and sit or lie down. Please be aware to not use lotion the day of the procedure. Next, your doctor will locate the nerve that will need to be tested and place several electrodes on your skin with a special paste or tape.
One electrode will be used to stimulate the nerve while the other is responsible for recording the stimulation. Then, a quick and mild electrical shock will create a nerve stimulation which will be displayed on a monitor known as an oscilloscope.
You’ll find that even though the sensation may feel uncomfortable, it won’t be painful. Your electrodiagnostic specialist will inform you if he or she chooses to conduct the test in more than one place. The whole procedure will take anywhere from 15-minutes to an hour or more and will be dependent on the amount of nerves and muscles that are examined.
How Will I Recover From a Nerve Conduction Study?
Following the nerve conduction study, your electrodiagnostic specialist will remove the paste or tape that was used to attach the electrodes. You may be instructed to avoid strenuous activities for the remainder of the day. Recovery instructions will also be given and dependent upon your specific situation.
Who Performs Nerve Conduction Studies?
At EmergeOrtho: Foothills Region, our nerve conduction studies are performed by our electrodiagnostic specialists. We specialize in treating patients with back, neck, and spine issues and are committed to providing the highest quality care in a pleasant environment.
Since all of our procedures are performed in our office, you won’t have to deal with the inconvenience and cost of receiving a nerve conduction study at a hospital or clinic in a larger city.
Contact EmergeOrtho: Foothills Region
For more information on nerve conduction studies or other spine treatments, contact EmergeOrtho: Foothills Region today. We look forward to answering any of your questions and providing you with the top-notch care you deserve.