While the average patient has a basic understanding of the human body – and many individuals possess much more than that – when a doctor or other medical professional find it’s time to educate patients about their condition, they require tools that can offer effective explanations at the knowledge level of those patients who possess the least amount of education about the body.
Any of Dynamic Disc Designs’ models are great for teaching an “average” patient about their condition or disorder, but the Academic LxH disc model seems to be the one of choice for chiropractors, spine surgeons, physiotherapists, and others who regularly concern themselves with good patient education. As a matter of fact, it’s one of the company’s best-selling models and the one most popular with their distributors.
Not as complex a model as the Professional LxH, and offered at a lower price, the fully-dynamic Academic LxH disc model features a little less anatomical detail, simplifying the internal contents of the intervertebral disc annulus to a radial and concentric fissure. This eliminates the need for very lengthy explanations, in many cases, and makes it easier for the patient to visualize their problem. However, it still includes all the other features of the more expensive model, including a very detailed cauda equina, making it suitable for more complex explanations.
It’s easy to expound on why patient education is so essential. Confidence is one word that comes to mind when one considers why a patient should be well-versed on the particulars of his/her condition. Confidence refers both to the fact that an informed patient will be confident in the abilities of their doctor AND will walk away feeling confident themselves, knowing that they understand their body and how they can help it heal by adhering to the recommended treatment.
Trust also comes into play here. When an individual trusts in your knowledge and trusts that you are offering them the best options possible for healing, they become a patient for life. That trust may start with a tool like the Professional LxH model, but it will continue as you – the chiropractor, osteopath, surgeon, physical therapist, etc. – demonstrate your abilities as a medical professional and your caring attitude as a human being. It’s that simple. Patients are looking for a doctor they can trust. Once that is established, you often gain a forever patient. As a result, those satisfied individuals recommend others to your practice and that practice will continue to grow along with your stellar reputation.
In these days of poor customer service, consumers just want to be satisfied with their choices. That applies to their choice of doctors as well. If tools like the Academic LxH spine model add to their satisfaction, then it’s money well spent.
“The DDD model has proven to be an invaluable tool to explain lumbar spine anatomy,” says Jason Buehler, chiropractor. “My patients can see and feel as I explain their disc injury and how decompression therapy can have positive effects on the disc. It is truly a work of art!”