ELECTROMYOGRAPHY : IN CERVICAL RADICULOPATHY PATIENTS

Meenakshi Garg, Saurabh Gupta, Sushma Sood

Abstract


The unique and peculiar position and functions of the cervical spine and its intervertebral discs in the human body make it prone to degenerative changes and other functional disorders that is cervical radiculopathy. It is 2nd most common cause of morbidity. Electrodiagnostic studies play a important role in the diagnosis of cervical radiculopathy, in which the major role played by the Electromyography. In this study EMG of paracervical, Triceps, Biceps, Deltoid and Abductor pollicis brevis muscle done in 30 clinically proven cervical radiculopathy patients and results shows that In paraspinal cervical muscle EMG, 80% patients had spontaneous activity and decreased recruitment seen in 28 patients, In triceps muscle EMG, 70% patients had spontaneous activity and decreased recruitment seen in 27(90%) patients, In APB muscle EMG, 50% patients had spontaneous activity and decreased recruitment seen in 20(66.6%) patients, In deltoid muscle EMG, 40% patients had spontaneous activity and decreased recruitment seen in 20(66.6%) patients, In biceps muscle EMG, 33.3% patients had spontaneous activity and decreased recruitment seen in 18 patients in affected side. On EMG, abnormality seen in increasing order of paracervical> triceps>APB>deltoid>biceps. We concluded that EMG of muscle is important diagnostic tool for diagnosis of cervical radiculopathy

Keywords


Cervical Radiculopathy, Electromyography, Deltoid, Biceps, Abductor Pollicis Brevis, Triceps, Paracervical Muscle

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