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NERVE CONDUCTION STUDY (NCS)

WHAT IS A NERVE CONDUCTION STUDY?

A nerve conduction study is a diagnostic test used to evaluate the electrical activity of the motor nerves and sensory nerves of a person. NCS tests can diagnose many muscular and neuromuscular conditions.

An NCS is often combined with needle electromyography.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE DISEASES THAT CAN BE DIAGNOSED WITH AN NCS?

An NCS can be used to diagnose some of the common diseases including Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Charcot Marie Tooth disease, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, herniated disk disease, sciatic nerve problems, and chronic inflammatory polyneuropathy and neuropathy. An NCS is also done to determine the cause of numbness, tingling, and constant pain.

COMPONENTS OF A NERVE CONDUCTION STUDY

An NCS comprises of Motor NCS, Sensory NCS, F wave study, and H-reflex study.

      PREPARING FOR AN NCS

      On the day of the test, bathing is recommended to make sure there are no oils, lotions, creams, or perfume on the skin. Do not apply these items before the test. Before the procedure, you will likely be asked to change into a hospital gown. The neurologist will ask you to lie on an examination table and he/she will locate your nerves and attach electrode patches on your skin. The electrodes will produce a mild electric shock and the stimulation and nerve response will be recorded.

      HOW LONG DOES A NERVE CONDUCTION STUDY TAKE?

      The procedure takes between 15 to 30 minutes.

      NERVE CONDUCTION STUDY AT MANHATTAN MEDICAL ARTS

      Manhattan Medical Arts offers nerve conduction study and electromyography to assess muscle and nerve activity and function. If you would like a consultation with one of our Board Certified Physicians, please call Manhattan Medical Arts at 645-454-9000. We believe in providing accessible, cost-effective and efficient care that meets the expectations of our clients and strive to maintain the highest standards of safe and quality health care in all our facilities, for all our patients.