The Department of Functional Diagnosis and Pathophysiology (at that time the Laboratory of Pathophysiology) was established in 1960 at the Institute. The scientific subjects of the unit concerned mainly disorders of the neuromuscular system of the organs of support and movement. The laboratory examined the functional state of the muscles in cases of scoliosis, polio, reflex contractures, congenital dislocations of the thigh and the like.
Over the last decade, the Department has expanded its range of functional studies following the introduction of ultrasonographic methods (2004), heart rate variability studies (2011), and modern rheumatoid and electromyography technologies (2013). Electrophysiological methods help to assess not only local changes in blood supply and bioelectric activity of tissues, but also to objectively evaluate the system functional features of the patient, in particular to determine the type of the autonomic nervous system and to detect the presence or absence of deviations from the normal parameters characteristic of this type.
Diagnostic services of the Pathophysiology and Functional Diagnostics Department
The Department provides examination and tests to the in-patients of SI “Institute of Spine and Joints pathology named after Sitenko, NAMS of Ukraine”, as well as to the out-patients referred for examination by the doctors of the Institute Spine and Joints Pathology health-centre.
The Pathophysiology and Functional Diagnostics Department provides outpatient diagnostics to the patients from other health institutions (by previous appointment).