Re: What to expect with EMG of neck?
I think you mean they told you that you are having an EMG to test for a problem in your c-spine ? If not the tests are the same, but the spots they test change. EMGs usually have 2 parts, the EMG (Electromyography) or the NCV (Nerve Conduction Velocity)
THe EMG part is done by inserting tiny needle electrodes through the skin into the muscle tissue at various points they are testing (for example when they test for a pinched nerve in the neck that is causing arm symptoms the needles go in your arm and probably wrist). The doctor observes the electrical activity while inserting the electrode. THey are checking the state of the muscle and its innervating nerve.
Nerve conduction testing is also often done at the same time as an EMG. Electrodes are attached to your skin. They give you repeated, brief electrical shocks to the nerve which this little device and check the time it takes for the muscle to contract in response to the electrical pulse is recorded.
These tests can be somewhat uncomfortable, there are worse things, but they are worth it because they can provide valuable info. Usually over in around 30-60mins, maybe a little longer if they test more than one side. I didn't feel any after affects other than I did have some muscle twitching for about a week later and a couple tiny bruises.