What do I need to do to prepare for an EMG?

What do I need to do to prepare for an EMG?

What do I need to do to prepare for an EMG?

To prepare for an EMG, please do the following:

  1. Bathe or shower on the day of the test; wash arms and legs well to remove body oils.
  2. Don't use lotion, bath oils or creams.
  3. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes, and remember to bring shorts and a short-sleeved or sleeveless shirt.

How does caffeine affect an EMG test?

Caffeine, via its adenosine-receptor antagonism, may increase the firing rates of central neurons (10). If this is the case, the increase in firing rates could offset the decrease in motor unit recruitment so that the force-EMG relationship would appear unaltered.

Can you take pain meds before an EMG test?

  • Can you take pain meds before EMG test? Medications will not affect the test results. Even anti -inflammatories, pain medicines and nerve pain medicine (such as Gabapentin or Lyrica) will not affect the test results. Please tell the technician or physician if you are taking blood thinners, but do not stop taking them as scheduled.

Can you drive yourself after an EMG test?

  • A report that includes the results and an interpretation will be sent to your doctor. Can I drive after EMG test? You can drive yourself to and from the test, so you do not need to bring a friend or a relative with you, any more than you would say if you went to the dentist.

What should I do before an electromyography test?

  • Do not have caffeine or smoke for 2 to 3 hours before the test. Do not apply lotions or creams to your skin on the day of the test. Wear loose-fitting clothing to the test. You may be given medicine to help you relax before the test. What will happen during electromyography? Your healthcare provider will attach sticky pads to your arm or leg.

What should I wear to an EMG test?

  • Bring or wear loose fitting clothing. For neck and arm studies, it is helpful to wear a sleeveless shirt. For back or leg problems, bring shorts. Inform your physician if you take anti-coagulants such as Plavix or Coumadin.

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