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A common question we get asked here at Health and Care is ‘What’s the difference between…?’

Thursday, 17 April 2014  |  Paul

A common question we get asked here at Health and Care is ‘What’s the difference between…?’

As you may know we sell a lot of items at Health and Care – some of which seem very similar and so understandingly it can sometimes be difficult to know how to choose. Here then is a rough guide to some popular items..

- Skeletons and Anatomical Models:
We offer pretty much every type of skeleton/model imaginable and many different types of the popular full size type human skeletons. The differences between the models here is actually quite straightforward. Things to look out for are that often the more expensive models have extra features on them, such as detailed muscle markings or extra flexibility for example.

However for skeletons that are seemingly the same, differences are more subtle. Generally speaking, the more expensive the item the more detailed the model will be, right down to the smallest bones. So for detailed anatomy lessons or medical uses, for instance, a higher priced skeleton will be worth the money, whereas for basic teaching demonstrations or student learning our cheaper skeletons will do just the job!

- Supports and Braces:
Again, with so many to choose from the difference between whichever braces can be very subtle.

Some braces will helpfully state specific conditions that they are designed to be used for, others not. But essentially, the differences between two similar looking items designed for the same area of the body may just come down to brand – some trusted brands like Donjoy, Aircast, Bauerfeind are the best around that many people will stick with but are often slightly more expensive.
Otherwise, the difference can be very minor. For instance one support may have the addition of an extra supportive strap, or a gel lining rather than a foam lining. All these details can affect the feel of the item greatly and so it pays to read the descriptions carefully!