Is Electromyography (EMG) Painful?
When it comes to evaluating the strength, function, synergy, and other aspects of the facial muscles, virtually nothing is as accurate and as efficient as electromyography (EMG). The valuable information attained through EMG testing can help shed light on the cause of your myofascial pain, TMJ pain, and other symptoms, allowing your provider to properly diagnose you and administer the most appropriate treatment possible for rapid, long-lasting relief. At Sangiv I. Patel, D.D.S., PA in Melbourne, FL, Dr. Sangiv I. Patel is among the nation’s most experienced EMG providers and utilizes this groundbreaking technology to help diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions, including myofascial pain, TMD, and others. In this blog, we’ll take a closer look at how EMG testing works, including if the procedure may cause discomfort and what you can expect after the procedure.
What causes TMJ pain?
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain has a number of potential causes. In many cases, more than one factor contributes to TMJ pain, which can be extremely uncomfortable and disruptive to a patient’s life. Some of the most common causes of TMJ pain (which may evolve into TMD) include:
- Clenching and grinding
- Misaligned bite
- Repetitive motions
Both myofascial pain and TMJ pain can be better understood and more accurately diagnosed through electromyography testing.
What does EMG do?
EMG testing with BioEMG™ technology is one of the most accurate methods of assessing various aspects of the facial and jaw muscles both while functioning and at rest, such as:
- Muscle function
- Muscle strength
- Muscle balance
- Muscle symmetry
Does EMG hurt?
The technology used in the test itself does not typically produce any uncomfortable sensations. However, the data is captured via a small needle that is inserted into the muscle. Most patients describe this step as comparable to getting a shot and find the mild discomfort tolerable. With the needle inserted, certain facial movements may be less comfortable during the test. Again, though, most patients tolerate the process very well. Following the procedure, patients may feel mild soreness or tenderness at the insertion sites for 1 – 2 days, though it usually resolves much sooner. Because EMG is minimally invasive, does not require medication, and is completely radiation-free, patients can resume their normal daily activities almost immediately after the procedure.
Can EMG be combined with other tests for TMJ pain?
Absolutely. In many cases, Dr. Patel utilizes additional myofascial pain tests to further elucidate the cause of a patient’s symptoms, make a more accurate diagnosis, and identify the most appropriate form of treatment. These tests may include the T-Scan™ bite analysis, the BioJVA™, and others – collectively known as the BioPak.
How is myofascial pain treated?
Based on the findings of the tests that Dr. Patel conducts, an appropriate treatment plan will be created. This may include behavioral modification, dietary modification, certain medications, dental treatments and procedures, oral appliances, and/or other techniques. In the meantime, patients should continue their at-home oral hygiene regimen and keep up with their routine dental exams and cleanings. With this approach, patients can achieve long-lasting relief from the painful symptoms of TMD or myofascial disorder.
Shed light on your symptoms and get the relief you deserve with electromyography (EMG) in Melbourne, FL
If you are experiencing pain, a popping or cracking jaw, or other symptoms that you suspect may be related to TMD or a myofascial disorder, you may benefit from EMG testing. To learn more about getting relief from your jaw and facial muscle pain, call Sangiv I. Patel, D.D.S., PA today to schedule your one-on-one consultation for EMG testing in Melbourne, FL with Dr. Sangiv I. Patel.