EMG Test Guide in India / EMG Test Cost in Delhi
In this a comprehensive guide for EMG (Electromyography) test. We cover the topics mentioned below. The cost of the test in India is also provided.
- What is an EMG Test?
- The EMG Test Procedure
- Preparing For An EMG Test
- EMG Test Side Effects
- EMG Test Result
- Cost of EMG Test in Delhi
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What is an EMG Test?
An EMG Test or Electromyography Test is a medical examination which measures the activity and health of our body muscles. When our muscles are active, they produce an electric current, which is generally proportional to the level of muscle activity. This test is used to record this electrical activity in muscles and hence, aims to gather information about the human muscular and nervous systems. It is a way of finding causes of muscle weakness or paralysis, and various other muscle troubles such as twitching, numbness, pain, injury or damage.
A doctor may prescribe an EMG Test for Neuropathy as well. Neuropathy is a term used to describe a problem with the nerves, very often the ‘Peripheral Nerves’ as opposed to the ‘Central Nervous System’.
One may also be prescribed an EMG test for Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, which essentially is a hand and arm condition which causes numbness and tingling sensations among other symptoms. Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by a pinched nerve in the wrist.
The EMG Test Procedure
An EMG test can be performed at a doctor’s office, hospital or a lab. The EMG procedure usually lasts from about thirty to sixty minutes, depending on the number of muscles to be tested.
During the procedure, a needle is inserted into the patient’s muscles through the skin. This is done to record the electrical activity in the muscles. All of the recordings can be viewed on an oscilloscope or be heard with a speaker. Since our skeletal muscles are often large, numerous needle electrodes may be required at different locations on the body in order to obtain a comprehensive EMG test result.
You may be asked by your doctor or technician to contract the muscle during the examination. This is because the doctor will need to study your muscle when it’s resting, contracting slightly and contracting with strong force. The presence, size and shape of the wave form produced on the oscilloscope with the contraction and rest gives out information about the ability of our muscle to react to nervous stimulation. Every muscle fibre produces an action potential on contraction. Its size affects the rate and size of the action potential.
If needed, the needle or electrode position might be changed to repeat the process.
At the same time of the EMG, you may also be required to take a Nerve Conduction Velocity test in order to negate any possibilities of nerve disorder or injury affecting the muscles. For this, small electrodes will be taped to your skin or be placed around the fingers. During this entire test, you might feel an unpleasant tingling sensation in your body.
Preparing For An EMG Test
Before taking an EMG, you will be asked by your doctor to take certain precautions. These may include not using any kind of body lotion for several hours before the examination and avoiding any kind of caffeine (tea, coffee etc.) for three to four hours before the test.
Other than that, there is no special preparation required for adults. For infants and children, however, the physical and psychological preparation will depend up on the child’s age, behavior and prior experience (if any).
Make sure you disclose your entire medical history (including the current medication, if any) to your doctor before going in for the EMG Test.
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EMG Test Side Effects
The EMG test when taken is safe with reliable test results. Therefore, side effects or infections because of the examination are rare. However, in case there are any, symptoms may include increasing pain, redness on the skin, swelling, tenderness and/or yellowish-white puss. In case you encounter any of these symptoms, it is strongly recommended to consult your doctor.
You might feel slight discomfort or pain during the EMG testing when the needle electrodes are inserted. Pain after an EMG, in your muscles is normal. They might feel a little sore for a couple of days after the examination also. Additionally, you may witness small bruises on your body which might last for a week or more.
Also, before the testing, it is advisable to inform your doctor if you have a pacemaker, allergies or bleeding troubles.
EMG Test Result
The full report of a patient’s EMG test result may take 2-3 days. The results will be called normal when the EMG recording shows no electrical activity when the examined muscle is at rest. It can be inferred from the smooth, wavy line on the recording. On the other hand, electrical activity in a muscle at rest may indicate that where is a problem with the nerve supply to the muscle.
The final diagnosis will eventually be a combination of your test report along with your medical history, symptoms, physical and neurological exams etc.
EMG Test Cost in Delhi
|EMG Test||EMG Test Cost|
|Cost of EMG Both Limbs in Delhi||₹ 1980|
|Cost of EMG Four Limbs in Delhi||₹ 3500|
|Cost of EMG Brachial Plexus in Delhi||₹ 3200|
|Cost of EMG Face in Delhi||₹ 1980|
|Cost of EMG and NCV All Four Limbs in Delhi||₹ 6000|
|Cost of EMG and NCV Both Limbs in Delhi||₹ 4000|
|Cost of EMG and NCV Brachial Plexus in Delhi||₹ 3500|
|Cost of EMG and NCV Facial Nerve in Delhi||₹ 3500|
|Cost of EMG and NCV Single Limb in Delhi||₹ 3500|
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