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Booking an appointment
To be assessed by Dr. Mrkobrada, your health care practitioner (family physician, medical specialist, nurse practitioner, physiotherapist or occupational therapist) has to make a referral to Southland EMG.
Southland EMG is located within the Oakridge Panther Sports Medicine Clinic (10003-24th Street SW, Calgary, T2V 5K3). The clinic is located in the North East corner of the Co-op shopping mall complex on the corner of Southland Drive and 24th Street. The clinic is in the same building as Oakridge Medical Centre. There is plenty of free parking available at the mall.
Preparing for the appointment
Please bring a pair of shorts and a T-shirt. Also, please do not use body lotions or oils on the day of the appointment. Bring your current list of medications, especially any anticoagulants that you are taking. You do not need to fast. Please arrive 30 minutes before the start. The appointment will last from 1 – 1.5 hours.
When you arrive
There may be a short questionnaire to fill out regarding your current symptoms, past medical history, medication and previous investigations.
Electromyography and nerve conduction studies
During testing, we stimulate the nerves with a small amount of electrical current and record the signal further down. It may feel like a small pinch or rubber band snapping on your skin. Occasionally, we use small needles to record the electrical activity of the muscle, after cleaning the skin with alcohol. Most patients tolerate this test well.
After the test
There are no driving restrictions. Dr. Mrkobrada will discuss the results with you during the appointment. He will also write a letter outlining his findings and recommendations to the referring health care practitioner, which will be faxed within one week.