spine problems

Understanding Spine Problems

The term “ spine problems ” is certainly one that encompasses many issues. When someone has a spine problem, they could be suffering from anything from simple strain to a much more serious condition. After all, the spine includes so many parts so there are myriad things that can go wrong, regardless of one’s age or overall health condition.

Some of the most commonly diagnosed spine problems include:

  • Adolescent scoliosis
  • Adult scoliosis
  • Cervical or lumbar degenerative disc disease
  • Cervical or lumbar disc herniation
  • Cervical myelopathy
  • Cervical or lumbar stenosis
  • Compression fractures
  • Osteoporosis
  • Whiplash
  • Low back strains
  • Low back sprains
  • Spondylolisthesis

That’s a long list of issues and, of course, there are several more that aren’t mentioned here. Some of these spine problems can, of course, be solved in a fairly simple manner, often with non-invasive treatments administered by a chiropractor or perhaps a physiotherapist. In some cases, the patient can help in healing himself by performing certain exercises. Other conditions, however, will need to involve some sort of surgical procedure, especially when the patient’s lifestyle is being severely impacted by their spine problem.

For sufferers of back pain, the mention of spine problems can be scary. One automatically assumes the worst, especially when it comes to spine ailments. So, it’s up to you, the spine professional, to ease the patient’s mind, even if their problem is a serious one. You need them to understand what’s happening and you need to help them feel confident in your treatment recommendations, knowing that what you suggest will help remove or lessen their pain and start them on their way back to a more normal life.

At this point, when it’s time to educated the patient, many doctors hand their clients written materials that they can take home and read. These papers might explain a surgical or other procedure and are, no doubt, accompanied by pictures or drawings. Chiropractors might distribute literature on how a chiropractic adjustment will benefit the patient while a physiotherapist might verbally expound on the benefits of what he or she does to help patients.

But no verbal or written explanation works as well as a visual demonstration, and no visual demonstration is as good as the one you can accomplish with the spine models manufactured by Dynamic Disc Designs (DDD). The company’s many cervical and lumbar models are about as detailed as you can find and are as close to the real thing as you’ll ever see. That means both you and your patient benefit when you use models such as the Academic LxH to explain a variety of spine problems.

DDD also makes a variety of models that demonstrate specific issues such as herniated discs, stenosis, and spondylolisthesis. As a matter of fact, a wise choice for the first-time buyer is the Spine Educator bundle, which includes several of these models packaged together and available at a price significantly lower than if purchased separately.

Browse the Dynamic Disc Design website to determine which models might best assist you in explaining the spine problems you encounter on a daily basis.

Here’s what ChiroHub has to say about DDD’s Professional LxH model and the value it brings to purchasers:

We believe this model is a no-brainer purchase. It is beautifully designed, accurate, user-friendly, and professional grade. The quality is impressive to patients, and the ability to demonstrate and describe flexion and extension loads on a disc herniation makes a huge impact on patient compliance.  Sure, you could go get a Mr. Thrifty skeleton for less, but you’ll find yourself wishing you could actually show what happens to a patient’s disc when they lift improperly.”