Can somebody tell me exactly what can an EMG show with regard to whether or not the nerve damage is permanent? I had an orthopedic surgeon order an EMG and he said I have severe damage that will take one to two years to heal. However, when I recently went back for another EMG, the neurologist (same one) said EMG's cannot tell that and she doesn't know why he say such a thing. I then asked my own surgeon and he said the same thing. He said it's strictly a 'wait and see" kind of thing. But other people on the site seem to indicate differently. Can somebody give me the real scoop on exactly what they can tell with regard to nerve damage? Do any of the moderators know? Thank you.