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Plastic Models and Sciatica – A Qualitative Interview Study

Plastic Models and Sciatica

Pathology is common with lower back pain. However, it is difficult for professionals to share this information with a sciatica patient. A recent publication1 recorded notes with interviews between thirteen patients and their low back pain practitioners. The discussions around sciatica were interesting.

Some of the comments coming from participants included:

‘The way I understand it is my disc is inflamed so it’s bulging, so it’s bigger than normal, and
that’s why it’s pressing.’


‘The discs are abnormal and they’re bulging […] if they’re bulging, surely there’s got to be a way
of getting them back to normal and when they’re back to normal I won’t have that pain.’


‘A sports masseur I went to, to check my alignment. He said my alignments were fine. And the
physio told me my alignments were out. So, I kind of … I don’t think anybody really knows what
they’re doing, to be honest.’

There is a disconnect between a patient, their symptoms and what the caregivers are telling them.

In this study, the authors reported that the practitioners caring for these pain people were constructing sciatica concepts with the influence of a plastic model. The authors also stated that “participants valued clear information on their diagnosis and appreciated the use of plastic models of the spine to help explanations.”

At Dynamic Disc Designs, we have worked hard to help practitioners deliver truthful and anatomically accurate details about a patient’s sciatica symptoms. Our plastic spine models are more than just plastic; they are dynamic and move realistically. We hope, one day, our models are used as a comparison against the traditional static models. Our plastic models were not used in this study.