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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.


Find your nearest hospital that provides this test

Shenfield Road
Brentwood
CM15 8EH

01277 695695

Cardiff Bay Hospital
Dunleavey Drive
Cardiff
CF11 0SN

02920 836700

Rykneld Road
Derby
DE23 4SN

01332 540100

Burrell Road
Haywards Heath
RH16 1UD

01444 456999

2 Leighton Street
Leeds
LS1 3EB

01133 882 067

Scraptoft Lane
Leicester
LE5 1HY

01162 769401

Clayton Road
Newcastle-under-Lyme
ST5 4DB

01782 625431

Kingswood Road
Tunbridge Wells
TN2 4UL

01892 531111

The Chase
Old Milverton Lane
Leamington Spa
CV32 6RW

01926 436351

Winchester Road
Chandlers Ford
Eastleigh
SO53 2DW

02380 266 377

Wood Road
Tettenhall
Wolverhampton
WV6 8LE

01902 754 177

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