FOUR LEADING ORGANIZATIONS RECOMMEND HEALTHY CHOICES
Americans are flooded with "get healthy" or "grow younger" messages every day, but with little results. The health of Americans continues to be adversely affected by obesity, physical inactivity, sleep deprivation, poor posture and smoking. This is not limited to adults but is also growing in epidemic proportions in our children. Each year millions of individuals suffer with back pain, often associated with modifiable risk factors such as lifestyle, obesity, posture and sleep habits. Each year millions of individuals also suffer the ravages of heart disease, stroke and cancer.
The International Spine Association (ISA), the American Cancer Society (ACS), the American Diabetes Association (ADA), and the American Heart Association (AHA) are four leading organizations committed to reducing the risk for disease, disability and death. These organizations are committed to helping Americans make healthy choices each and every day. Implementing health habits and making healthy choices will reduce the risk of acquiring disorders that lead to reduced quality of life and disability. Eating right, getting active, obtaining adequate restorative sleep, not smoking, taking care of the spine and regular visits with healthcare professionals will help individuals stay healthy, while avoiding those disorders that may impair their quality of life or lead to early loss of life.
For information about the spine, spine disorders, spinehealth and available spinecare, go to www.spineinformation.org, a website which provides resources for individuals looking to make healthy choices each and every day. Membership with the ISA is free.
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.