Electromyography

Electromyography in Northern New Jersey

At Bergen Pain Management, we offer electromyography testing so we can accurately diagnose the symptoms you’re experiencing. If you’re dealing with pain, tingling, or paralysis in your limbs, then EMG testing might be what you need. With over 25 years of experience, Dr. Thomas Ragukonis specializes in a multitude of non-invasive procedures to alleviate back, neck, or nerve pain, serving patients across Northern New Jersey. Learn more about electromyography testing with Bergen Pain Management.

Doctor Testing Patient’s Arm

What Is Electromyography?

Electromyography (EMG) is a diagnostic procedure that assesses your muscle health and motor neurons by exposing them to external electric stimuli and measuring their natural response. It can be used on any part of the body, such as the following:

  • Ankle
  • Foot
  • Cervical spine/neck area
  • Elbow
  • Hand
  • Hip
  • Knee
  • Lumbar spine/lower back area
  • Thoracic spine/mid-back area


Symptoms Warranting an EMG Test

EMGs are used to diagnose certain types of muscle or nerve disorders. Some symptoms that would call for an EMG include:

  • Unexplained limb weakness, pain, or cramping
  • Tingling
  • Paralysis
  • Numbness
  • Involuntary muscle twitching (tics)

Some conditions that can be detected through electromyography are muscular dystrophy, carpal tunnel, polio, herniated disks, and more.


How Does Electromyography Work?

Motor neurons found in your muscles will usually transmit electrical signals that cause muscles to contract. An EMG uses electrodes to transmit or detect the electrical signals in those muscles. It will then translate these signals into graphs, sounds, and numerical values that Dr. Ragukonis can interpret to determine a diagnosis. Electromyography involves two phases of testing, including:

Nerve Conduction Study

Nerve conduction study is a method of EMG testing that involves electrodes being applied onto the skin’s surface. This method is used to assess how your motor neurons send electric signals and how they communicate with your muscles.

Needle EMG

Needle EMG is another method used to diagnose symptoms of a muscle or nerve disorder. With this method of testing, needle electrodes are gently inserted directly into your muscles to measure electrical activity when muscles are rested and contracted.

Once testing is completed, an accurate diagnosis can be obtained. Dr. Ragukonis can then begin to develop a treatment plan that’s tailored specifically to you and your symptoms.


Schedule Your Appointment Today

Neck, back, and nerve pain can be debilitating, and it can affect your overall quality of life. Don’t wait to get a diagnosis thanks to Bergen Pain Management’s electromyography testing. An EMG test takes between 30 and 60 minutes to complete so you can receive a diagnosis and we can begin to plan how to treat those symptoms quickly and easily.

At Bergen Pain Management, we pride ourselves on providing compassionate and high-quality care to our patients. Serving the Northern New Jersey area with locations in Paramus, West New York, and Union, you are free to choose an office that is most convenient for you. To learn more about how we can help you combat your muscle pain, contact us today to schedule a consultation.