If you’ve worked with the spine or plan to be in a career where you’ll be working with spine problems, you know that the intervertebral discs function as a sort of shock absorber between each of the vertebrae in the spinal column.
The intervertebral disc separates them when there is impact on the spine caused by activity of any sort. If you’ve studied intervertebral disc anatomy, you also know that these two dozen discs in the human spine protect the nerves that run down the middle of the spinal column.
Many individuals suffer spine problems for a number of reasons, and your knowledge of anatomy can help you – and them – understand why they’re in pain. Sometimes issues are caused by overuse or injury. Sometimes pain is a result of aging and due to the fact that, with age, the gel in the middle of the disk loses moisture and the spine isn’t able to absorb as much shock. The outer later can deteriorate too and cause chronic pain. Of course, there are numerous other causes as well.
So, when your patient asks you why he can’t stand up straight or lie comfortably in his bed, do you tell him it’s because his annulus fibrosus has deteriorated? Maybe. But will he understand? Chances are that he’ll face you with a blank stare and maybe even ask you to explain “in English (or whatever language you speak)”. Are you prepared to do that or do you need some assistance from visuals?
Every good doctor knows that medical lingo can be perplexing to patients and understands that it’s necessary to often meet them on their level. That doesn’t mean that a particular patient isn’t smart. It just means that the average Joe or Jane doesn’t have the knowledge he needs to understand in-depth medical explanations. You want the patient to leave your office feeling comfortable AND comforted, and that comes with him understanding why he feels the way he does.
The intervertebral disc anatomy models available from Dynamic Disc Designs can take care of some of the hard work involved in explaining to a patient why his back is creating problems in his everyday life. Whether you’re a physiotherapist, a spine surgeon, a chiropractor, or perhaps a massage therapist, these models make explaining the anatomy of the spine a much simpler and concise process.
A 3-D model such as those manufactured by Dr. Jerome Fryer of Dynamic Disc Designs gives a whole new meaning to visuals used for spine education. Unlike posters, 2-D models, or even static 3-D models, these fully-movable models allow for a CLEAR and COMPLETE explanation of the spine problem your patient/client is experiencing. He can take home with him the knowledge of what’s going wrong and what you’re going to do to fix it. What could be better?
Those who’ve been using ddd’s intervertebral disc anatomy models sing their praises and their reviews tell the whole story.
You can use a poster or a tablet to educate your patients, but they will see an image on a poster or a tablet. If you use a 3d model, they will have a spine in their hands,
-touts Louis Riendeau, a chiropractor from Montreal, Canada.
There is not a minute to loose in a clinic and a DDD model is simply the best way to demonstrate back pain. I used the same model for 5 years and it is still in very good condition. Quick, visual, concrete, straight to the point.