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Neck injury diagnostics

Many people suffer from debilitating symptoms and reduced neck function after neck injuries. Precise diagnostics of neck/head dysfunction with symptoms and sequela of neck injuries are therefore very important. In Norway, we are fortunate to have an excellent healthcare system with modern equipment, skilled professionals, and comprehensive procedural routines which are accessible in order to follow up on these diagnostic challenges.

However, we notice that many patients do not get the follow up care they should have had in relation to their significant symptoms and ailments in direct conjunction with diagnostics and treatment. Many people today have such incapacitating symptoms that it prevents them from returning to work, while also negatively impacting their overall quality of life.

At Firda Physical Medicine Centre, we actively approach functional, clinical, and radiological diagnostics. The more detailed knowledge we have about structure and function, the better equipped we are at initiating more effective treatment methods.

It has been more than ten years since Kråkenes and Kaale finalised their pilot projects on new MRI methods and clinical diagnostics. Upon reviewing the aforementioned works there were various discussions and disagreements about the interpretation of the MRI results, and to what degree one should utilize this method in clinical practice. Consequently, the method was not widely adopted, and as a result medical practitioners continued their existing methodology without deviating from their current radiological approach. This was a conclusion that we at Firda Physical Medicine Centre vehemently disagreed with.

International Cooperation

Internationally, a lot has taken place over the last ten years. Upon contacting medical institutions in other countries, one sees that the pilot projects of Kråkenes/Kaale have not gone unnoticed. It is encouraging to see that our work has proven beneficial to medical milieus such as radiological imaging centers, clinics, and academic institutions that specialize in treating individuals with neck ailments and injuries.

At Firda Physical Medicine Centre we utilize the Norwegian healthcare system's expertise in medicine and radiology. This leads to excellent results in many cases. However, in some instances, there is still room for improvement. Therefore, we have developed and maintained an excellent rapport with highly skilled medical professionals abroad for several years.

Exercise Caution

The Internet and increased travel has made international medical diagnostics and treatments more accessible. It is easier today for patients to search abroad for more effective treatment methods, diagnostics, and rehabilitation. One should always proceed with caution before making a decision regarding treatment and diagnostic options, as the medical offers are diverse but often vague. Other countries also have a different culture than what we are used to here in Norway in regards to selling and promoting their products in a hectic healthcare marketplace. We firmly believe that it is important to tread carefully before committing to any unsubstantiated treatment facility.

At Firda Physical Medicine Centre at Sandane, we have worked internationally for several years now. We are working diligently to assemble a collaboration between Norwegian healthcare providers and international healthcare providers who specialize in diagnostics and various treatment options, and we remain convinced that there is significant potential in maintaining these partnerships for years to come.


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