There are all sorts of professionals who tend to the health of the human spine.
Some perform simple procedures such as massages, which don’t involve any medical intervention, while others – like chiropractors – use adjustment techniques. Spine surgeons also care for that important part of the body, performing many complex procedures in order to make repairs or relieve pain. That means thousands of professionals the world over are tending to the intricacies of the spine each day.
It’s difficult to predict just how many individuals require spine care of some sort on a regular basis. The American Chiropractic Association estimates that some 30 million people in that country seek chiropractic care annually. In Canada, the country’s Chiropractic Association has stated that “chiropractors will be an integral part of every Canadian’s healthcare team by 2023.”
Here are a few more facts. Each year in the U.S., about a half-million people undergo surgery for low back problems alone. In addition, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality says Americans spend more than $11 billion per year on operations to relieve back pain, even though back surgery carries with it many risks.
So, the question remains: Do patients truly understand the nature of their back problems and are they choosing the right kind of spine care to relieve their issues?
That query is a difficult one to answer, but you – the spine specialist – can do your part by being sure that YOUR patient understands the intricate workings of the spine. In other words, spine education is ultra-important in assisting patients to make the best decisions possible about their spine care. So how do you do that?
Well, the scenario probably goes something like this: You sit down with your patient and pull out your best charts, posters, and books, attempting to show how the spine works and what isn’t working so well, causing the patient’s pain. You might use some big words though, hopefully, you’ll do your best to explain the problem in terms the patient will easily understand.
But there’s a better way. If you employ the use of a highly-detailed, movable model of the spine, it’ll be easier for your patient to understand their issues and how you’ll fix it, whether it’s through the use of chiropractor or via a surgical procedure. The models manufactured by Dynamic Disc Designs (ddd) include everything necessary for that pre-treatment chat with your patient.
The company’s Professional LxH design, for example, includes 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. It also includes other details that allow spine doctors to demonstrate the reasons for chronic pain and other problems. And because the patient can watch their doctor touch and manipulate the models – and can do the same themselves – they walk away with a better understanding of their problem and more confidence in the doctor’s recommendations for relief.
“The models I have purchased from Dynamic Disc Designs are the most anatomically accurate and useful spine education models on the market today. An essential piece for patient education in spine.” – Prof. Rudolf Bertagnoli MD, Germany