Child development

September 2011

Patient information

Nerve conduction studies

Volume 40, No.9, September 2011 Pages 698-698

Rachel Lee

What are nerve conduction studies?

Nerve conduction studies investigate how the nerves in your arms and legs are working. Nerves allow messages to pass as electrical impulses between your brain and the rest of your body. Sensory nerves are the ones that take messages from the skin, muscles and joints to the brain. They detect pain, movement and temperature. (Your senses, such as sight and taste, are very specialised sensory nerves). Motor nerves take messages from the brain and spinal cord to the muscles to get you moving. Nerve conduction studies can be used to test how both sensory and motor nerves are working in different parts of the body.

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