Neurologists diagnose and treat disorders of the nervous system, including nerve compression, spinal and muscle disorders, and malfunctions in the brain. Patients interested in seeing a neurology doctor must first be referred by their primary care physician.
Electromyography tests measure the electrical activity of muscles. The test is used to help detect neuromuscular abnormalities. EMGs are usually performed by a neurologist (a doctor who specializes in brain and nerve disorders), although a technologist may also perform some portions of the test. EMGs may be done to identify the cause of symptoms such as muscle weakness, deformity, spasticity, atrophy and stiffness. It may be used to detect whether someone is experiencing true muscle weakness or weakness because of pain or psychological reasons.