Determining the root cause of your pain is a vital part of your rehabilitation and recovery. At Pain Rehabilitation Associates, our physicians provide specialty evaluation such as electrodiagnostic testing to determine the root cause(s) of your muscle pain to ensure that you receive the best, most effective treatment.

Electrodiagnostic testing (EMG) is used to assess muscle and nerve function and is frequently helps determine the cause(s) of your pain. EMG measures the electrical activity within your nerves and muscles to determine whether or not you may have nerve damage and, if so, the cause of the nerve damage. An EMG will be able to assist your physician whether your pain is a result of certain types of muscle disorders or if the symptoms are due to a nerve problem.

Common reasons to perform an EMG:

  • Muscle weakness
  • Muscle paralysis
  • Tingling or numbness
  • Unexplained pain
  • Shooting pain

During the evaluation, one of our physicians at Pain Rehabilitation Associates will insert a small needle into the muscle, and you will be asked to contract the muscle while the needle/electrode records the electrical activity. This procedure may cause some discomfort, and afterwards, you may experience tenderness or bruising. A nerve conduction study will usually be performed in conjunction with electrodiagnostic testing, which is used to evaluate your nervous systems’ electrical conduction.

Electrodiagnostic testing is a valuable diagnostic test and can provide your physiatrist with essential information needed to develop a personalized treatment plan that best suits your needs. From this test, your physician may be able to determine the nature of your pain and diagnose the root cause. After this, your physician will work with you to manage your condition and/or injury comprehensively to ensure that you receive the best, most efficient care.


If you are interested in learning how electrodiagnostic testing may help you discover the cause(s) of your pain, call our office today at 888-YBN-PAIN to schedule your appointment.