Spinal Vertebrae Models Perfect for Visual Learners

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When a patient walks into your practice, what is he hoping to accomplish? “Well, that’s easy,” you say. “He wants to feel better.” Seems like a logical answer, right?

But what else are your patients hoping for when they walk in your door? In many cases, they’re looking for information and understanding. In this day of Dr. Google, when you can find literally anything medical-related on the internet – much of it inaccurate – patients are searching for a medical professional that will take the time to explain not only what’s causing their problem but how to avoid it in the future.
Today’s adults – young and old – are more vibrant than ever, and no one wants to be slowed down by physical problems, especially those that can be avoided with, perhaps, some lifestyle changes and some good chiropractic help.

Lumbar Model
This is where patient education enters the picture. And while you might think you’re good at “explaining things” with words, researchers have proven that a large majority of the population are visual learners – individuals who grasp concepts much better when they can “see” them. The Visual Teaching Alliance states that some 65 percent of individuals need more than a lecture or a verbal explanation. When you limit yourself to that, you’re striking out with more than half the population of the world.
As a chiropractor, perhaps you’ve relied in the past on some simple chats with your patients, telling them about the issues with their spine and explaining what you’ll do to help. However, if you handed them a spinal vertebrae model that is three-dimensional and moves like the spine, consider how much better an understanding they’d have of their situation.

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With Dynamic Disc Design’s realistic anatomical models, a patient can literally hold the spine in their hands, play with it, touch the vertebrae, finger the discs, and truly understand what’s ailing them. Furthermore, ddd’s offerings aren’t limited to just one model. The company, owned and operated by a chiropractor who is responsible for all the designs, offers more than two dozen models and optional add-ons, making them perfect for a variety of applications and for not only chiropractors but also physiotherapists, osteopaths, and spine surgeons.
These spinal vertebrae models are also the perfect teaching tool for students of chiropractic or other disciplines that will involve care of the spine. Teachers have long been customers of Dynamic Disc Designs, noting that a 3D dynamic model trumps a static model or poster by miles.

The Professional LxH model has been an outstanding visual aid for teaching students about hydrodynamics of discs, vertebral bodies, and fantastic for demonstrating how nuclear material may herniate relative to a nerve root
– says Taylor Laviolette practical department education adviser at the West Coast Collage of Massage Therapy

Also he adds:

Two dimensional drawings in our orthopedic text-books cannot compare. This USED to be a much longer lecture! Thanks!

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Vertebrae Model Helps in Back Pain Education

herniated disc model

No one can truly estimate how many patients walk into chiropractic offices each year complaining of back pain. Chances are that that number soars into the millions…maybe even more.

Although chiropractors certainly treat more than just back problems, surveys show that it is the most common reason for visits, with about 80 percent of all people reporting some back pain during their lifetime, according to the American Chiropractic Association. Furthermore, low back pain can be very costly, accounting for lots of missed work and excessive amounts of money allotted for disability payments.

Vertebrae Model Aids showing nerveYet, if people understood why this back pain is present, chances are they would be likely to change the habits that are the cause. In Canada, the Canadian Chiropractic Association has taken a crack at educating the public about back issues, offering a phone app called Straighten Up Canada, designed to offer tips to improve posture and spinal health. It’s a good start, but can a phone app provide patients (or potential patients) with the info they need to make the right choices when it comes to their musculoskeletal health? Or do they need something more?

Vertebrae Model Aids Visual Learners

Many of us are “visual” learners. While hearing information indeed allows us to absorb facts, actually seeing a visual demonstration often prompts us to gather more complete information and process it in our brains. Visual learners, for example, will retain more if they read a story rather than listen to one.

In learning about chiropractic and its advantages, visual learners are usually offered posters and other drawings in hopes that they’ll understand why they are suffering with back pain. But let’s go one step further. A 3-dimensional, hands-on visual, in most cases, allows for even more retention of information, so offering the patient a vertebrae model rather than just an artist’s rendering of the spine can better help these individuals understand their musculoskeletal problems.

Vertebrae Model AidsThat’s where the Dynamic Disc Designs products enter the picture. 3-D spine models like these, which can be held in one’s hand and manipulated as needed, will provide a clearer picture of the inner workings of the body, even for those who have little or no knowledge of anatomy. A vertebrae model such as the Professional LxH is sophisticated enough to be a teaching tool yet it provides chiropractors with the opportunity to clearly and simply demonstrate to patients a variety of issues involving the spine and back and how to fix them.

A well-made vertebrae model can assist chiropractors in demonstrating the specifics of issues such as dynamic disc bulge, disc herniation, facet inflammation, disc height loss, degenerative disc disease, nerve pinching, stenosis, medial branch innervation, discogenic problems, annular fissures, and more.

A visual demonstration takes less time than a lengthy question-and-answer session, allowing both the doctor and patient an opportunity to save time and stay on schedule. Furthermore, when you’re making a visual demonstration that’s easy to grasp, patients won’t feel as if you’re talking “over their head”, spouting medical jargon that might be hard for the average person to understand.

Doctors who’ve already used DDD spine models note that patients respond positively to them, many having “light bulb” moments when they finally understand why they are experiencing a certain type of pain. And, of course, a good chiropractor knows that patient education is just as important a part of the visit as the adjustment, and a well-educated patient is more apt to follow your suggestions, prompting referrals from satisfied patients and, therefore, helping your practice to grow.

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Spinal Cord and its contents below

Spinal Cord - Cauda Equina Dynamic Disc

Spinal Cord and Endings

The spinal cord is a delicate structure. It is protected by the neural arch of the vertebrae and also by the intervertebral discs anteriorly and the ligamentum flava posteriorly.

Below the thoracic region, the spinal cord comes to an end, namely called the conus medullaris, and continues as a cauda equina coming from the name of a horse’s tail.

Dynamic Disc Designs create models that demonstrate this anatomy including the exiting lumbar nerve roots which include the re-current menningeal nerve, the gray rami communicantes as well as the posterior primary division that exhibit the medial branches from the facet joints. Each exiting nerve root contains both an anterior motor division and a posterior sensory division that includes the dorsal root ganglion. Encroachment syndromes can present patients with tingling downstream which likely indicates sensory compression while weakness usually indicates a motor compression. Having a model with more anatomical detail helps in the determination of the spinal anatomy in question–targeting treatment.

Spinal Cord - Intervertebal foramen

The lumbar vertebra model includes the cauda equina which includes the dura mater, arachnoid, and pia layers. These are the important coverings of the spinal cord because just inside these coverings is the cerebral spinal fluid.

Spinal Cord - Dura Mater

Dura Mater

Dynamic Disc Designs offers models to help in the management of spinal cord encroachment syndromes. Disc herniation can compress the cord in the cervical and thoracic spine region while it can compress elements of the cauda equina in the lumbar region. Other space occupying lesions can affect the cord and create a variety of sensory or motor disturbances.

Doctors of chiropractic and other spine specialties like minimally invasive surgeons /spine surgeons use patient education as part of the work-up towards initiating treatment. An accurate spinal model can aid the risk management of outcomes that may include spinal canal compression. Having patients better informed can lead to better outcomes.