Chronic pain is a serious everyday problem throughout the world. A Canadian study published in 2011 noted that nearly 20 percent of all adults over the age of 18 in that country reported dealing with chronic pain on a regular basis.! A similar multi-country study in Europe produced the same numbers and a report by the American Academy of Pain Medicine adds that more than 100 million Americans deal with the burden of pain each day.
Those statistics show just how important it is to have in place good medical professionals who specialize in pain management. These pain interventionists keep the population of the world moving, hopefully with less pain than they’d have if they hadn’t sought help from these professionals.
So, how does one teach doctors, surgeons, chiropractors, and others about the particulars of pain? After all, it’s hard to understand just how that pain feels and what’s causing it unless you’ve dealt with it personally.
Use A Pain Model For Patient Education
However, unique spine models offered by Dr. Jerome Fryer and Dynamic Disc Designs (ddd) help pain specialists get up close and personal with the issues that often cause debilitating pain, in particular, back pain, which the American Spinal Decompression Association reports affects at least 80 percent of us at some time in our lives and some 20 to 30 percent of us at any given time.
In particular, Dynamic Disc Design’s Medial Branch Model is highly helpful to pain interventionists in learning about procedures including epidural block, facet injection, neurotomy, radiofrequency ablation or rhizotomies.
Working with the medial branch pain model and holding this dynamic 3D model in their hands allows doctors to assist patients with issues such as disc herniation and other common back problems as well as degenerative spine conditions like facet disease, spinal stenosis, or arthritis.
Using detailed working models such as this and the others offered by ddd give those studying the spine a chance to literally see its workings and to better understand what it is they’re treating.
Furthermore, pain interventionists might also use the medial branch model to educate their patients. Indeed, many specialists have been using ddd’s models for years, noting that the various models allow them to offer to their patients a clear understanding of not only what’s wrong with their spine but also what will be done to relieve their pain.
A solid explanation of the procedure(s) to be performed puts patients at ease and eliminates much of the fear associated with medical procedures in general.
Potential owners of a Dynamic Disc Design model should know that the Medial Branch Model uses the company’s popular Professional LxH model but with added nerve detail, extending branch sensory innervation to the posterior primary division of the cauda equina for three levels (two level innervation is also available). Extra details include a facet capsule and ligamentum flavum.
Helpful for pain specialists for education performing block, injection, neurotomy, radiofrequency ablation or rhizotomies.
All your patients what to know, however, is that you understand their pain and you know how to treat it. A Dynamic Disc Design pain model lets patients know you are competent in your field, allowing them to be confident that what you’re doing will assist them in finding relief.