Muscle pain, weakness or numbness may be symptoms of a neuromuscular disorder. At the Neuromuscular Laboratory at Rhode Island Hospital, physicians use specialized tests called nerve conduction studies and electromyogram (also known as EMG) to perform functional examinations on muscles and nerves.
Nerve conduction studies use a small amount of electrical stimulation to assess the function of nerves. An EMG evaluates how well the muscle and nerves are communicating by recording electrical signals between the two. Abnormal function of nerves, muscles or communication between the two can signal a neuromuscular disease.
Nerve conduction studies and EMG scan be used to evaluate for:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Peripheral neuropathies
- Neuromuscular junction disorders
- Muscle disorders
For more complicated neuromuscular conditions we also offer:
- Single fiber electromyograms
- Repetitive nerve stimulations
- Ischemic exercise tests
- Skin biopsies
The Neuromuscular Laboratory features three state-of-the-art electromyography machines that can perform a wide variety of tests. The tests are supervised by physicians board certified in neurology and clinical neurophysiology. In emergency situations, the lab has the ability to fast-track patients, making it possible to be seen and have results communicated to your physician on the same day. The normal turnaround time for reports is 24 to 48 hours.
Patients and referring physicians experience:
- Shorter outpatient wait times
- Caring, supportive staff and technologists
- Physicians who can review the results with patients at the time of testing
- Comprehensive reports sent to the referring physician within 2 business days