What are nerve conduction studies?
Nerve conduction studies are used to test the electrical activity through the nerves in the arms and legs. This test is most commonly used to diagnosis carpal tunnel syndrome in the hand. The nerve conduction studies are done by a specially trained hand therapist or physiotherapist.
- How does it work?
Nerve conduction studies work by applying an electrode to the hand and wrist. An electrical current is sent through the electrode and the machine detects the detail of the ability of the nerve to conduct the impulses sent. This builds a picture of how effective your nerve is at transferring information. It’s compression of the median nerve in the carpal tunnel of the wrist that causes carpal tunnel syndrome.
Would I benefit from having a nerve conduction study?
If your GP, physiotherapist or consultant believes that you might be suffering with carpal tunnel syndrome, this test will detect it and exclude other conditions that present similar symptoms. It can also help the therapist understand the extent of your condition and determine the best course of treatment; e.g. managing the condition, injections or having surgery.
It will also ensure that if you have another condition which closely mimics carpal tunnel syndrome you do not have unnecessary surgery.
How much does a nerve conduction study cost?
An initial assessment with a physiotherapist at BMI Healthcare costs from £54*.
Why have a nerve conduction study at BMI Healthcare?
- Extensive experience: these tests can be performed by neurophysiologists and specially trained hand therapists or physiotherapists.
- Locations throughout the UK: with over 50 hospitals across England, Scotland and Wales, patients all over the country can have fast access to private hand therapy treatment near them.
- Fast access to treatment: you don't need to wait for a referral from your GP to access our physiotherapy service. Arrange your appointment directly with us at your convenience. If you have private medical insurance, check with your insurer before booking your appointment.
*This is a starting from price and varies by hospital