If you are booked for a virtual (telephone) consultation, please fill out the Intake questionnaire before the consultation. DO NOT use your name on the questionnaire, use the unique identifier that our administrative staff has assigned to you. If you do not remember your identifier, please contact our office. The telephone consultation will last about 20 minutes.
If you have an upcoming EMG appointment, please arrive 20 minutes before your appointment, and check in with our front desk. Our staff will give you instructions to follow until Dr. Mrkobrada is ready to see you. The EMG assessment will last from 30 minutes to 60 minutes.
It is our expectation that all staff and patients follow social distancing measures to prevent spread of Covid-19. We have added enhanced cleaning and screening protocols as well as changed our scheduling policies to ensure patient and staff safety. Please bring a face mask to your appointment or one will be provided for you to wear during the assessment.
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 20 minutes before the start. The appointment will last from 1 – 1.5 hours.
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.