Also known as spinal narrowing, spinal stenosis affects many patients over the age of 60 but also others in various age groups as well. Age-related wear and tear, as we know, is one of the primary causes of stenosis and many of the sufferers who enter a doctor’s office looking for relief are plagued with a multitude of symptoms, including pain, tingling, numbness, muscle weakness, and sometimes even the loss of bladder and bowel control.
Spinal stenosis means the opening spaces within the spine are narrowing, which puts pressure on the spinal cord as well as on the nerves that travel through the spine to an individual’s extremities. The problem generally occurs in the lower back (lumbar stenosis) or in the neck (cervical stenosis) and osteoarthritis is often the culprit but stenosis can also be caused by herniated disks, thickened ligaments, spinal injuries, or – in rare cases – tumors.
So, how do you explain all of this to your patient? Whether you’re a spine surgeon consulting with a stenosis patient, a pain management specialist simply trying to ease their distress, or a chiropractor standing ready to tackle their spine issues, you’ll want your patients to understand the specifics of stenosis and the root of their pain.
Furthermore, it’s very common for people with spinal stenosis to become less active, so it’s essential that they are educated in the workings of the spine and the “if you don’t use it, you lose it” principal. In other words, it’s also your job to teach them not only how to best control this problem but how to maintain spine health in the future through treatment, exercise, and other methods.
With the use of totally movable 3D spine models, you can achieve the best in patient education. Chances are if you use these models regularly, your patients will get a grasp on their problem, understanding why it’s happening and why you’re treating it in a certain manner, be it with physical therapy, chiropractic, or with surgery for extreme cases that aren’t responding to more conservative treatments like muscle relaxants or even opioids.
The 3D spine models from Dynamic Disc Designs have been lauded as among the best for patient education. The company’s most popular designs, such as the Professional LxH Model, offer an incredibly detailed model that is easily manipulated in order to demonstrate exactly what’s happening in the spine of a stenosis patient. As a result, the patient can “feel” their problem in a way that finally makes sense.
“The first task of the physician is to show the patient the cause of their pain,” said Karel Lewit, a neurologist and specialist in manual medicine, who practiced in the Czech Republic for decades before his death in 2014. It is this task, he believes, that puts the patient’s mind at ease and allows for more successful treatment.
“As a chiropractor in a hospital setting we see a high number of complex spinal conditions,” explains Dynamic Disc Designs customer and chiropractor, Lee Zohn. “Up until we purchased the models from Dynamic Disc Designs it was almost impossible to give an accurate demonstration of spinal biomechanics and the effects on the discs, joints and ligamentous structures. DDD has single-handedly changed the way I practice. Patients just get it. The spinal models from DDD should be in every doctor’s office and on the shelves at every medical, chiropractic and physical therapy school.”
Browse ddd’s website for specifics on the various models that will best benefit you in your practice, whether you’re treating spinal stenosis or a host of other spine-related problems. Consider bundling several models for cost savings.