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What is a spine physician?

This term refers to a physician, who provides care for the neck, back and related disorders. In the context of the American Academy of Spine Physicians (AASP), the term refers to physicians who evaluate and/or treat spine disorders.

What is a spine specialist?

This phrase refers to a healthcare professional, who provides care for the neck, back and related disorders. In the context of the American Academy of Spine Physicians (AASP), the term, "Spine Specialists", refers to non-physicians (Affiliate Members) who evaluate and/or treat spine disorders.

Is the AASP part of a specific College or University?

No. The AASP is an independent organization with members and consultants from many different settings including educational institutions. The AASP collaborates with educational institutions on various projects.

How can I find a spine physician or specialist in my area who is an active member of the American Academy of Spine Physicians (AASP)?

Go to the International Directory of Spinecare Professionals, a subdirectory of the International Spinecare Directory.

The physician presently seeing me for back problems does not appear to be an active member of the AASP; therefore, is he/she qualified to care for my spine?

Your physician may be very qualified in providing spinecare. The AASP does not guarantee the skills of any particular member. The AASP is an organization, which provides a unique opportunity for physicians and other spinecare professionals to obtain continuing education, credentialing and practice development resources. The AASP helps develop leaders in the field of spinecare.

Does the AASP screen prospective members prior to granting membership?

Yes. The member must be a licensed physician with a valid license and must meet application requirements and be approved for membership by the AASP Membership Committee. Non-physician members (American Academy of Spine Specialists) also must comply with the above.

How can I help improve communication between my attending physician and other spinecare providers?

Let your attending physician know that you are aware of the AASP and request that they join for your benefit and for the benefit of others. Tell them you have visited the ISA website area for the public and patients. Have your doctor contact the AASP Membership Office and request information about the organization.

What is the benefit of seeing a physician who is an active member of the AASP?

You are seeing a physician, who is likely committed to a conservative and cooperative approach to spinecare. Furthermore they have agreed to abide by the AASP Patient Bill of Rights and have committed to placing the needs of the patient first.

Does the AASP recognize advanced education for "spine physicians" and "spine specialists"?

Yes. The AASP provides continuing educational opportunities for its members. The AASP awards the designations of Diplomate of the American Academy of Spine Physicians (DAASP) or Fellow of the American College of Spine Physicians (FACSP) to physician members who have met the academic requirements set forth. The AASP awards the designation of Fellow of the American College of Spine Specialists (FACSS) to non-physician members who have met the academic requirements set forth. Members who receive advanced credentialing are given acknowledgment on the International Directory of Spinecare Professionals and on select downloads of AASP and patient resources. The highest level of academic achievement recognized by the AASP is Fellow status.

How do I find a member of the AASP who has pursued continuing education through the organization?

Go to the online International Directory of Spinecare Professionals and perform a search for physicians or non-physicians ("spine specialists") who hold Diplomate and/or Fellow status.

Do members of the AASP participate in managed care (PPO, HMO, etc)?

They might. You would have to contact the AASP member's office directly and confirm whether they participate in any particular insurance plan or program.

Does the AASP have a medical center or clinic?

No. The AASP is a member-based organization.

Will the AASP schedule an appointment with a physician for me?

No. You can obtain contact member information from the International Directory of Spinecare Professionals.

Can I go to more than one spinecare professional during the same time period?

Yes. Care of chronic or complex spine disorders often require a multidisplinary approach.

Is it possible I might need surgery on one part of the spine and non-operative care for another part of the spine?

Yes.

What is conservative spinecare?

Conservative spinecare refers to therapeutic options which provide the greatest potential benefit with the least exposure to risk.

When should I tell acquaintances or friends about the AASP?

If they have acute neck/back pain, chronic neck/back pain or any related complications or if they require surgery and wish to seek additional opinions.

How can I obtain more information about spine disorders or my spinal diagnosis?

Go to the website of the International Spine Association (ISA) at www.spineinformation.org. If you want to be directed to specific information by your attending spinecare professional, download the relevant information script form and have your provider complete it.

How can I obtain information about the diagnostic approaches to spine conditions?

Go to Spine Diagnostic Procedures on the website of the International Spine Association (ISA) at www.spineinformation.org.

Have there been press releases about the AASP?

Yes. The press releases are listed in the pressroom archive on the AASP website at www.spinephysicians .org.

Who is on the Academy Council?

The Academy Council is comprised of pre-eminent spine physicians of various disciplines dedicated to improving the quality of spinecare consistent with the mission, vision and goals of the AASP.

Do I have a right to be informed by my attending physician of the therapeutic options for the care of my spine condition?

Yes. For more information go the AASP  Patient Bill of Rights.

Do I have a right to be directed by my attending spinecare specialists (non-physician) to educational information/resources pertinent to my spine condition?

Yes. For more information go the AASP  Patient Bill of Rights.

Can any one spinecare professional provide me with all of my therapeutic options?

If your attending physician feels that you might benefit by non-operative spinecare he or she should refer you to a physician, who specializes in a non-operative approach so that that you can be more accurately informed of your non-surgical therapeutic and rehabilitative options.  If your attending physician feels that you might be a candidate for a pharmaceutical approach and/or surgical intervention, you should be referred to a physician who specializes in these approaches for an opinion. The care of complex spine disorders often requires collaborative efforts from operative and non-operative spinecare professionals.

What are some of signs and symptoms of spine disorders?

Some of the signs and symptoms include but are not limited to neck/back pain, neck/back discomfort, neck/back stiffness, extremity pain, numbness, tingling, weakness and/or bladder dysfunction. Spinal cord disorders may be associated with extremity clumsiness and/or with difficulty with gait (walking) in the absence of pain.

Will my primary care physician be aware of the American Academy of Spine Physicians?

Not necessarily, especially, if their practice does not emphasize care of the spine and related disorders.  Share information with your primary care provider. Download pertinent spinecare information script forms and ask your attending physician to mark the area(s) relevant to your condition and care. Follow the direction on the script and go the Public Information Center (PIC) of the International Spine Association (ISA) website to learn more about your spine disorders and spinecare options.

Will my primary care physician be aware of the International Spine Association?

Not necessarily, especially, if their practice does not emphasize care of the spine and related disorders.  Share information with your primary care provider. Download pertinent spinecare information script forms and ask your attending physician to mark the area(s) relevant to your condition and care. Follow the direction on the script and go the Public Information Center (PIC) of the International Spine Association (ISA) website to learn more about your spine disorders and spinecare options.

What is the purpose of the spine information script forms/pads?

Spine information script forms created by the International Spine Association (ISA) are available through the website of the American Academy of Spine Physicians (AASP). The forms are designed so spinecare providers can direct their patients to need-to-know information about their spine disorder, recommended spine treatment and to recommended spinecare products. This approach helps personalized spinecare.

Does my primary care provider have to be an active member of the American Academy of Spine Physicians to provide care to me for a spine disorder?

No, although membership with AASP offers many benefits to healthcare providers of all disciplines.  This includes access to continuing education opportunities and emerging trends in spinecare.

Does my primary care provider have to be an active member of the International Spine Association (ISA) to provide care to me for a spine disorder?

No, although membership with ISA offers many benefits to healthcare providers of all disciplines. This includes access to multimedia patient education resources.


  
 
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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Member:
This level of membership is for physicians (MD, DC, DO) whose practice/interest includes patients with spinal disorders. ($295)

Affiliate Member:
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)

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This level of membership is for residents, fellows and students who have an interest in spinecare. ($35)





Membership Renewal

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.




 

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