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Glossary of terms


EMG, short for electromyography, is a test that helps physicians identify neuromuscular conditions by studying the nerves, muscles or their connections—the neuromuscular junctions. In some cases, thorough, detailed EMG testing and the skillful evaluation and analysis of the test results are the only path to diagnosis and treatment. Some patients report some slight stinging, but EMG is non-invasive and is not regarded as a painful procedure.



Please consult one of the sites listed below for more information about neuromuscular conditions.

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General Support

Family Caregiver Alliance –
National Alliance for Caregiving –
National Family Caregivers Association –
Eldercare Search –
Children of Aging Parents –

Neuromuscular Associations

American Academy of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine –
Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association –
Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy Society –
Guillain-Barre Syndrome and CIDP Foundation International –
International Alliance of ALS / MND Associations –
Motor Neuron Disease Association –
Muscular Dystrophy Association –
Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America –
Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy –
Spinal Muscular Atrophy Foundation –
The ALS Association –
The Myositis Association –
The Neuropathy Association –
United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation –
World Federation of Neurology ALS –

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons –
American Society for Surgery of the Hand –

Regional Contacts

ALS support groups in Oregon –
Myasthenia Gravis Foundation Pacific Northwest Chapter – 877-252-0677
OHSU Neuromuscular Disease Center –

Other Contact Resources

American Academy of Neurology –
American Association of Neurological Surgeons –
American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association –