What is nerve conduction velocity

Posted by maryluise2 @maryluise2, Apr 12, 2023

What is nerve conduction velocity and how it is done, is it painful or not?

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It's been a long time since I had one. The EMG that checks muscles and Nerve Conduction Velocity test that checks to see if the nerves are functioning properly are often done together. It wasn't at all painful for me. They used very thin needles and create a shock and time how long the impulse takes to travel for lack of more appropriate medical jargon. However I'm not sure if the needles were used for both tests or not, but if they used electrodes I don't remember them.


@maryluise2 The nerve conduction tests can be painful, and that depends on how well your nerves work. They place electrodes on your skin on a nerve path and use another electrode to send a small electric shock and measure the time it takes to travel between them. The EMG test measured if the muscles receive impulses from a nerve. They do that by inserting a thin needle with an electrode attached and ask you to move that muscle. It makes a lot of static noise on the machine and they measure the electricity the muscle receives. If you have nerve damage, you may not feel the pain or discomfort, but it your nerves are working, you may feel pain. It was kind of stressful for me. When you need a break during this testing, ask them to wait a few minutes and take some deep breaths.


Okay thank you so much for sharing your information.

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