The science and art of chiropractic practice is all about teaching our patients to take care of their bodies. A good chiropractor practices preventive medicine and, ideally, helps his/her patients learn to maintain a lifestyle that will lessen the need for any sort of unnatural intervention like the use of medications. However, when you see the same patients coming back again and again with the same problems, do you ever wonder if you’re getting through to that individual?
For example, if you kept a tally of how many times each month someone enters your office complaining of a disc related problem, like a herniated disc, the number would likely be very high.
Perhaps they refer to it as sciatica.. Maybe they call it a slipped disc. Regardless of the name, however, chances are that these patients aren’t really sure what’s happening inside their bodies and, as such, they may be doing the same things over and over again to aggravate this condition.
This is where your duty to educate enters the picture. With tools like Dynamic Disc Design’s Academic LxH model, your patients can better understand the specifics of their back pain while enjoying a mini anatomy lesson that they can visualize every time they feel that twinge or suspect they’ve done something to aggravate their condition.
As chiropractors, we know the causes of herniated discs. Annular fissures can make spinal discs less flexible and, hence, more apt to rupture or tear, even with minimal activity. Lifting with back extensor muscles instead of lifting in lordosis with leg or thigh muscles can also cause trouble with discs. Twisting and turning while lifting might also be the culprit. Repetitive pulling and pushing might be an issue.
Dynamic Disc Designs Herniated Disc Model
With DDD’s fully-clear herniated disc model, you can easily demonstrate – for example – why these activities cause a problem with the spine.
Most chiropractors line their walls with posters patients can stare upon while waiting for treatment. These posters were designed to help the average individual understand what’s happening to their body, but these 2-D images certainly fall short, in most cases.
Unless your patient has a working knowledge of how the spine functions and how the discs move, there’s little chance that he’ll truly grasp the particulars of how his pain is being created via a poster, no matter how well drawn.
However, a 3-D herniated disc model allows the patient to truly “see” the dynamic movements of a disc and the adjacent vertebrae and associated nerves. Even better, with such a model, they can feel what’s going on as you use the model to explain disc injuries and how chiropractic decompression therapy can relieve their pain, for example, and set them on the road to better spine health.
Helping the patient understand the necessity of treatment is often a hurdle for many chiropractors. However, the herniated disc model clearly represents the physical issues associated with disc pain and helps with conversion to care.
Many fans of the herniated disc model note that it has single-handedly changed their practice because – with such a visual – patients simply “get it” immediately and are ready to start feeling better.
A greater level of understanding on the part of your patients means more confidence in your abilities and the opportunity to form a patient/chiropractic relationship that will last for years to come.
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