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Research has demonstrated that the majority of patients go to publications and the internet to learn more about their health and their diagnosis. This includes searching topics such as neck pain, back pain and specific spine disorders. This is a growing trend and one that will continue to influence the practice of medicine, including the practice of spinecare. Members of the American Academy of Spine Physicians (AASP) have an opportunity use topic specific brochures and information script forms/pads to direct their patients to accurate information online.

The American Academy of Spine Physicians (AASP) develops publications, which cover "need-to-know" topics for use with patients. Published formats include brochures, e-books, fact sheets, spine information script forms and web documents. Many publications can be downloaded or printed directly from the AASP website.

The AASP offers a series of brochures, which collectively address a broad spectrum of spine and spine-related topics. Some of the publications are available FREE to all healthcare professionals. Each AASP publication emphasizes a conservative and cooperative approach to spinecare. Brochures are available to help members promote their role in spinecare and to help develop referral relationships with other healthcare professionals. The AASP has some educational resources, which are limited to use by active academy members.

All healthcare professionals have access to four distinct downloadable spine information script forms/pads which can be used to direct their patients to accurate information online. The script forms include a list of common spine disorders, spinecare product categories, treatment options and a list of spinecare professionals. Each topic lies next to a check box. The attending healthcare professional should mark the box of the relevant topic or topics and provide the script to their patient. The script directs the individual to the online Public Information Center (PIC) of the International Spine Association (ISA). The PIC represents a multimedia database of "need-to-know" information about the spine, spine disorders and available spinecare.

The content of the PIC is managed by the International Spine Association (ISA). The AASP is one of the content providers for the ISA. The spine information prescription forms/pads can be used to support a personalized educational approach to spinecare and they can also be used by the spinecare professional to expand the informed consent process.

With membership there is access to more than 30 additional downloadable brochures which can be printed for patient education.

30 Tips for Better Spine Health

Continuing Education and Credentialing

Why Cooperative Spinecare

AASP Continuing
Medical Education
Affiliate Member

International Spinecare Directory

Online Public Information Center

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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Learn More - 109
AASP Mission - 995
Academy Council - 996
AASP Goals - 998
Position Statements - 999
Benefits of Cooperative Spinecare - 1001
Contact Us - 1002
Buying Advantage Program FAQs - 12592
Physician FAQs - 12595
Public FAQs - 12597
Credentialing FAQs - 12599
Spinecare Facts - 12604
Scientific Consultants - 12619
Spinecare Data Science Committee - 13995

Free Resources - 110
Directory Listings - 1003
eNewsletter Signup - 1004
Brochures and Script Pads - 1005
Steps to Marketing Success - 1009

Healthcare Professionals - 111
Reasons to Join/Renew - 575
Membership Application - 13826
Inform A Colleague - 14012

AASP Members - 112
Member Login - 583
Reasons to Join/Renew - 584

Directory Access - 113
International Directory of Spinecare Professionals - 588
International Directory of Spinecare Facilities - 589
International Directory of Spinecare Products - 590

AASP News - 115
AASP News - 598
Members in the News - 602
Spinecare Data Science Committee - 13996

Corporate Opportunites - 116
Overview - 603
Directory of Spinecare Products - 607
Product Endorsement - 608
Corporate Opportunities - 609
Contact Us - 610
Good Choices Program - 12613

Physicians - 122
Continuing Education and Credentialing - 1183
International Spine Association - 1186

Student / Resident - 123
Information Script Forms - 1190
International Spine Association - 1192

Public - 126

Website Links - 276
American Academy of Spine Physicians - 1278
International Spine Association - 1279
International Directory of Spinecare Professionals - 1280
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30 Tips for Better Spine Health
AASP Continuing Education and Credentialing
AASP Continuing Medical Education Affiliate Member
International Spinecare Directory
Online Public Information Center


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Join / Renew

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)

Candidate Member:
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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