Lumbar Disc Herniation Model
The spine is a complex portion of the body, with its 33 bones stacked on top of one another and all those ligaments and muscles connecting those bones together. It’s also one of the most important parts of the body, providing humans with the ability to stand upright and twist and bend as they please. It really is a miracle of creation…a complex contraption that provides wonderful benefits when it’s healthy but can truly devastate one’s health when a problem is present.
You – the medical professional – probably spent a lot of time studying the spine during your schooling, learning the particulars of problems ranging from lumbar disc herniation to much more serious issues that can even cause paralysis. Chances are it took you some time to grasp the particulars of how the spine works and what each part does and why it’s important. As a matter of fact, your grasp of the workings of the spine probably didn’t happen overnight.
So why do we expect our patients to understand what’s happening to them with just a visit and a simple verbal explanation? Does a chat with a patient suffering from disc herniation, for example, truly allow them to understand why it is they’re suffering so much? Probably not.
You’ll need more. A lumbar disc herniation model made by Dynamic Disc Designs (ddd) is ideal for explaining the problem. As a matter of fact, items such as the company’s Professional LxH model can provide easy-to-understand visual and tactile explanations for a variety of spine health issues.
Now considered the standard in spine modeling, the LxH model features a flexible and totally dynamic herniating (or prolapse) nucleus pulposus. This is achieved through a realistic 2-part intervertebral disc with 6 degrees of freedom. A partial left posterior-lateral radial tear is present to help demonstrate the progressive nature of disc herniation and earlier forms of degenerative disc disease as well. Most of all, the model helps patients understand their pain, why it’s happening, and what they need to do to feel better.
Your practice – whether you’re a chiropractor, a spine surgeon, a physical therapist, or any other kind of specialist – depends largely on developing a rapport with your patients and on them feeling comfortable with you and confident in your ability. If they leave your office with a better understanding of their disc herniation than when they entered, you’ve done part of that job. Now you need to prove to them that your knowledge and skills will help them to heal.
Medical professionals who’ve been using ddd’s amazing lumbar disc herniation models feel as if they’ve been able to make that all important doctor-patient connection while imparting easy-to-understand explanations via the use of these models.
“Fortunately for clinicians, their most powerful and influential tool… is their ability to effectively communicate with their patients,” explains chiropractor Cameron M. Brown. “Having an accurate and interactive model available to help convey patho-mechanical and patho-physiological concepts is, therefore, extremely valuable. I believe the ddd models enable me to quickly and effectively educate my patients, allowing me to better manage inappropriate attitudes and beliefs concerning their diagnosis, treatment options, and subsequent prognosis.”