The term, "common ground",
used in the context of spinecare, refers to the commonly accepted fundamental
mechanical and molecular basis of spine disorders. An appreciation of
"common ground" is necessary to facilitate efficient and integrated
spinecare. Scientific "common ground" consists of the accepted biological and
biomechanical properties of spine tissues and their unique responses to aging,
stress and disease. The term common ground can also be applied to the
similarity in training received by various spinecare professionals. Most
healthcare professionals who care for patients with spine disorders have training
in spinal anatomy, spinal biomechanics, diseases of the spine and neurology as
it relates to the spine. The "common ground" perspective allows healthcare
professionals of various disciplines to have a growing appreciation for the
complexity of the spine which encourages interdisciplinary efforts.
The American Academy of
Spine Physicians (AASP) is dedicated to facilitating integrated spinecare by
acknowledging and facilitating "common ground" perspectives through
educational programs and resources. Scientific advancements are always changing
the boundaries of "common ground", thus enhancing our understanding of the
complexities of the spine. This approach leads to more reliable stratification
of treatment options and measures of assessing tissue recovery and therapeutic
outcomes. By acknowledging and respecting "common ground", spine physicians and
spine specialists of all disciplines can better address the full spectrum of
Inform a Colleague
Expand and Educate Your Spinecare Network
Welcome to the Inform a Colleague area of the Academy Website. The American Academy of Spine Physicians (AASP) strives to implement new and more efficient methods for members to communicate with other healthcare professionals. One of the most effective tools is the online "Inform a Colleague" function. This function can be used to expand and educate your spinecare referral network. It also represents a resource to conveniently inform others about trends in spinecare and about offers of organizations such as the American Academy of Spine Physicians (AASP), the International Spine Association (ISA). The link library also contains an application for membership with the AASP.
The online "Inform a Colleague" feature provides an invaluable time-saving service for keeping spinecare professionalsup-to-date, expanding the spinecare network, stimulating interdisciplinary referrals and for inviting colleagues to join the AASP. The library of links is always being updated with useful information and resources. The linked messages can be used to
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This level of membership is for physicians (MD, DC, DO) whose practice/interest includes patients with spinal disorders. ($295)
This level of membership is for allied healthcare professionals involved in spinecare and/or spine research. This includes physical therapists, massage therapists, exercise physiologists, nurse practitioners, nurses, physician's assistants, diagnostic technicians, surgical technicians, exercise instructors, personal trainers and individuals who hold a PhD and work in the field of spinecare. ($150)
This level of membership is for residents, fellows and students who have an interest in spinecare. ($35)
Membership will automatically renew each calendar year starting from the date of membership renewal or membership acceptance unless the AASP is specifically notified in writing by the member at least 30 days prior to their renewal date. Please address all correspondence to the AASP Office of Member Services.
Review the accuracy of your contact information and practice profile information including your email address. To update your profile online go to www.spinephysicians.org and login using your unique member ID and PIN as noted below.
Please notify the AASP if you no longer meet membership criteria.
This includes maintaining an active license to practice.