• Overview

Or call us on

01332 540100
Overall rating Good

A nerve conduction study is test to access nerve damage.

It is often performed before an electromyography (EMG) to diagnose and treat conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, nerve injury or sciatica.  

What happens during a nerve conduction study?

A technician will place small pads with metal discs called electrodes over the nerve being tested. They will also place electrodes on the muscles supplied by the nerve. The electrodes are connected to a machine that can send electric signals to the areas and record the activity.

During the test several electric shocks are produced via the electrodes. The time it takes for the muscle to contract (tighten) is recorded. Don’t worry, the shocks are very small and should only produce a slight tingling sensation.

The nerves in the opposite side of your body may also be tested for a comparison.

Nerve conductions studies are usually performed as an outpatient meaning you can go home the day of the test.

The technician may be able to tell you the results of the test before you leave. A complete report on your nerve conduction study will be sent to the consultant that ordered the test.


Derby Hospital

Rykneld Road, Derby, DE23 4SN

01332 540100
Switchboard 01332 540100
Treatment Enquiries 01332 540100
Outpatient bookings 01332 540 105
Physiotherapy 0333 305 7905
Radiology 01332 540 116

Ways to pay

Nuffield Health promise

Our prices are all-inclusive. We will equal any comparable price. There are no time limits on your aftercare.

Paying for yourself

There are no hidden costs in our treatment prices. The price you see is the price you pay.

Find out more

Personal medical loan

Spread the cost of treatment with a 10 month interest free personal medical loan.

Find out more

Medical insurance

We work with you and your insurance provider to get you the treatment you need quickly

Find out more