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What Exactly are Muscles and Nerves?

Nerves work like electrical cords—they send signals to your brain from your body and from your brain to your muscles. Your muscles are the tissues in your body that make you move.

Muscle and Nerve Disorders

When functioning properly, the nerves send electrical impulses to the muscles to activate them. A nerve disorder means that signals are not getting through like they should. A muscle disorder means that muscles aren’t responding to the signals correctly.
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How are Muscle and Nerve Disorders Diagnosed?

Electrodiagnostic (EDX) medicine is the study of nerve and muscle diseases. To determine whether your nerves and muscles are working properly, your doctor may recommend you have EDX testing, which may include a nerve conduction study (NCS) and a needle electromyography (EMG) test. The results of the tests help your doctor diagnose your condition and determine the best course of treatment.
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Watch: "What to Expect During an NCS and EMG Test"

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Who Performs EDX Testing?

AANEM recommends that you choose a doctor who has completed additional EDX training, which teaches them to properly diagnose nerve and muscle disorders. The American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine (ABEM) certifies doctors who have completed extensive EDX training.

Find a physician certified by the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine (ABEM)
Find an AANEM member in your area
Find a laboratory accredited to perform quality EDX testing

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