Cooperative spinecare refers to two or more healthcare professionals working together to preserve or restore spinal integrity while prioritizing the patient's well-being.
Reasons for Cooperative Spinecare
• Reduce the likelihood of unnecessary or duplicative testing and to optimize continuity of care • Reduce the risk of unnecessary surgery and reduce the risk of delay if an operation is needed. • Promote early detection of spinal disorders • Expand criteria for outcome-based spinecare • Improve patient care outcomes • Reduce the cost of spinecare Who May Benefit from Cooperative Spinecare?
The patient with persistent or progressive pain, numbness, weakness or abnormal spinal movement, who is not recovering as expected, may require a cooperative multidisciplinary approach to access the advantages associated with integrated experience and expertise.Benefits of Cooperative Spinecare.
The potential patient benefits of cooperative spinecare include early diagnosis and intervention, a broad range of therapeutic options, continuity of care, and improved potential for recovery.
Common Ground: The Doctor of Chiropractic and the Spine SurgeonChiropractic physicians and spine surgeons have extensive training in spine anatomy, spine biomechanics, diseases of the spine and neurology as it relates to the spine. Both disciplines can perform or order the necessary procedures to diagnose spine and related conditions. Due to the length of the spine, an individual may have varying degrees of the same pathology occurring at different levels of the spine thus requiring a multidisciplinary approach. Common examples of conditions which may coexist include degenerative disc disease, facet syndrome, disc herniation, arthritic disorders, spondylosis, abnormal spinal joint movement, and radiculopathy. The chiropractic physician and the spine surgeon care for many of the same degenerative spinal disorders at different ends of the disease spectrum.
Early-stage spine disease is often best addressed by chiropractic physicians and pain specialists whereas late-stage spine disease involving potential or actual neurological compromise may require the attention of the neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon. Intermediate and advanced stages of spine disease often require a cooperative effort between the non-operative and operative spinecare professionals.The chiropractic physician and the spine surgeon should both strive to protect and restore biomechanical and neurological integrity of the spine through: early diagnosis, early intervention, patient education, and through the prevention of unnecessary invasive procedures such as surgery.
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.