A nerve conduction study (NCS) is a test that measures the speed and strength of electrical activity in a nerve. The test can gather information about the structure and function of both muscle and nerve.

Electromyogram of Shoulder—Used in Conjunction with Nerve Conduction Study
Electromyogram EMG
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A NCS is most often done to:

  • Help diagnose the cause of pain, cramping, numbness, or weakness
  • Determine if nerves are working properly
  • Identify the difference between muscle and nerve disorders
  • Monitor if a nerve is recovering from injury