Patient engagement is at the core of a patient-centered approach to spine care. Spine professionals engage with their patients with different tools. We all use language but to enhance it, very often a physical model can support the words chosen to educate.

In the past, models have been static, so it made it very difficult to connect patient’s back and neck pain to the specific movements that cause the pain. At Dynamic Disc Designs, we have developed models to help the practitioner engage in a mechanical way through a better rendering of a motion segment. We have created a dynamic disc with the ability of the models to bulge or herniate. We have integrated a dynamic nucleus pulposus and a stiffer annulus fibrosus as well as added features of the ligamentum flavum to show how the facets are inter-related to one another.

Explore how a dynamic model can enhance the language one uses in a clinical setting of a musculoskeletal practice.

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A Selection of Human Spine Models Make Patient Education Easier

Most individuals don’t really enjoy going to their doctor, no matter what the reason, be it a routine checkup or for a problem that they’re worried might be serious. Some people get nervous at the mention of a doctor visit and others see their blood pressure spike when they enter any medical office. Experts call this “White Coat Syndrome”.

Why does this occur? One reason is very obvious. The patient is afraid that they’ve developed a serious disease. Unfortunately, sometimes that’s the case. But in many instances, the anxiety comes from the fear of the unknown. In other words, patients don’t know what will transpire when they’re in that office. For that reason, patient education that involves talking about what’s wrong and how it will be fixed is essential.

For chiropractors, who often deal with patients who are in severe pain, this education is super important and should be done on the first visit after an overall assessment is performed. The fact that this instruction is done at all is obviously essential, but how it’s done is even more important. In short, chiropractors who use human spine models to educate their patients produce patients who are more satisfied with their care and who are pleased that they can walk out of the office knowing the facts about their pain and what can be done to fix it.

Human spine models from Dynamic Disc Designs (ddd) are continuously touted as the best available in this category. That’s because they’ve been designed and crafted by an experienced chiropractor who starting making these models because he was frustrated by the tools available for patient education.

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Posters, while perfect for decorating office walls, just didn’t do the trick. After all, it’s tough to portray a disc bulge via a flat picture of the spine. Dr. Fryer, the owner of ddd, also found that the static models available for patient education didn’t fit what he needed to help his patients. Though 3-dimensional, they didn’t move like the spine moves, making it difficult to portray any number of spine-related problems. That’s why his human spine models move, making it possible for a patient to truly grasp the workings of the spine and why theirs isn’t functioning properly.

Dynamic Disc Designs offers a large selection of human spine models. In the “lumbar” category, the most popular is the Professional LxH model, which includes a flexible and totally dynamic herniating nucleus pulposus as well as a host of other features, including an audible release feature.

“This is the best model I’ve see,” opines Dr. Robert Gregory Lusk. “As a strong visual learner myself I’ve always appreciated that aspect of the educational process with patients. The moving parts accurately demonstrate how the lumbar spine functions. The disc is particularly impressive as it demonstrates the biomechanics involved with compression, flexion/extension, and rotary forces.”

In the “cervical spine” category, Dr. Fryer offers the Professional CxH model, which is a matching specimen to the Professional Lumbar LxH model (same human spine) portraying  identical cervical size with natural morphology including a two-part intervertebral disc with six degrees of natural motion with a red post-lateral nuclear migration upon manual compression, posterior longitudinal ligament (PLL), anterior longitudinal ligament (ALL) and periosteal fascia (POL) (adjacent to uncovertebral joint).

Many chiropractors choose more than one human spine model for their practice. As a matter of fact, Dynamic Disc Designs offers a Patient Educator Bundle, which combines 7 of the companies most popular models at a drastically-reduced price over what would be paid if they were purchased separately.

Check out the vast selection of human spine models available from ddd. Remember, with the proper education, your patients’ fear will lessen and they’ll develop confidence in you and your profession.

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Enlarged Vertebra Model – using #patientengagement tools

Over the years many people have asked Dynamic Disc Designs Corp. whether we could build a model 2 or 3 times the size for easier viewing. As we understand the need for some to see a larger than realistic model, our company is focused on delivering realistic sized models. Our models are geometrically identical to life size and because we adhere to our strict anatomical core values, there is a simple solution for those customers looking for a larger than life model. It is called a magnifying glass.

The intent is not to be cheeky but practical. There are many links where you can find magnifying glasses. We recommend the 90mm 10x.

Larger Vertebra Model

Having the patient hold the magnifying glass while you point to the posterior annulus and the dynamic nucleus, for example, can be a very effective way to incorporate and educate patients about internal pain generators when looking through our clear bone models. Those with deficiencies in seeing or those that want to have a closer look at the anatomical details of the spine can do it by looking through a magnified lens.

Magnified Clear Bone

So before you consider buying a larger than realistic model from somewhere else, consider a realistic size model by Dynamic Disc Designs Corp. and on the side, find yourself a nice magnifying glass to engage your patients in patient education.