American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine

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July 31, 2017

Don’t perform nerve conduction studies or electromyography for muscle pain in the absence of other abnormalities on examination or laboratory testing.

Muscle pain or myalgias are common. The likelihood of finding a muscle disease in an individual with muscle pain who has a normal neurologic exam and laboratory tests is quite low.

These items are provided solely for informational purposes and are not intended as a substitute for consultation with a medical professional. Patients with any specific questions about the items on this list or their individual situation should consult their physician.

How The List Was Created

The Professional Practice Committee (PPC) of the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM) developed this list of recommendations. The PPC includes both neurologists and physical medicine and rehabilitation (PMR) physicians who come from varying practice settings and also includes the AANEM’s representatives to the American Medical Association (AMA) Current Procedural Terminology Panel and Relative Value Update Committee. The PPC members identified areas to be included on this list based on the greatest potential for overuse/misuse, quality improvement and availability of strong evidence-based research/support in the literature. The committee’s recommendations were discussed at an AANEM Board meeting that included chairs from AANEM committees. The PPC reviewed the feedback from this group and voted on the final Top Ten recommendations. These were then approved by the AANEM Board of Directors.

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