To most people who aren’t involved in medicine, anatomy is a mystery. Perhaps there are some individuals who took an anatomy class in high school or college, fascinated with the make-up of the human body, but that’s as far as it went. Or maybe some had one of those skeleton models when they were a kid, the one that looked kind of creepy but at least gave you a rudimentary knowledge of the human body. Those have been popular with kids for decades and maybe some of those jangling bones inspired a boy or girl to eventually enter the medical field.
However, the average person can only identify perhaps a dozen bones in their body, but if faced with questions about the spine region, most will be perplexed. Mention the lumbar area and probably only a small percentage will know that the word “lumbar” refers to the lower back. So, imagine the potential confusion a patient could face if you start talking about their lumbar region and all the details about the problem that’s causing their pain.
Vertebrae. Facet joints. Flexion. Stenosis. Spondylitis. Osteoporosis. You might find yourself throwing out any of these terms – and more – in hopes of explaining your patient’s lumbar area issues, but chances are that those words won’t lead to a great understanding of the problem your client is facing …and the solution needed to solve that problem. Most doctors agree that patients need something more than a verbal dissertation to understand what’s happening to their body.
When a patient feels well-informed about their medical condition, what happens? They:
- Feel relieved that they have a knowledge of their issue(s)
- Have more confidence in you as a medical professional
- Trust that the solutions you offer are viable ones
- Will more than likely take your advice for treatment
- Will follow up on their treatment and become a regular client
- Will recommend others to your practice
Confidence earning isn’t always easy. You’ll need the correct tools with which to educate your patients about the problems of the lumbar area. So, will it be your favorite textbook, one of those static skeleton models, or that old poster you have hanging on your wall? Will any of those really accomplish your goals? Probably not.
More and more spine professionals, instead, are discovering the amazingly-detailed patient education models manufactured by Dynamic Disc Designs (DDD). Made by a chiropractor FOR chiropractors and other spine doctors, the lumbar models offered by DDD are the most detailed on the market. They bend, twist, and turn like a real spine and are ideal for teaching patients about any number of lumbar area problems.
The company’s Professional Lumbar Package is especially enticing for the spine specialist. It includes three of DDD’s most popular products: Professional LxH with LF, Lumbar Stenosis, and Spondylolisthesis models. This bundle is offered at a significantly lower price than what the models would cost if purchased individually. They represent a good start to your DDD model collection and will no doubt help educate your patients about the lumbar area.
“My clinic relies heavily on the patient education process, as I believe all clinics should. I have not come across any anatomical model that depicts spinal mechanics as well as this one does. It saves me time, makes detailed explanation easy, increases patient compliance and ultimately, produces better results. I recommend it highly to any clinician who works with the spine.”
– Dan Kelly, physiotherapist