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Enforcement of Proper Representation of the Academy

The American Academy of Spine Physicians (AASP) is becoming widely recognized, thus companies and healthcare professionals are choosing to acknowledge their affiliation with the AASP in many ways. In general, this trend is favorable for the Academy and its membership, although in isolated cases, it has led to some unauthorized use of the AASP name and AASP logo. Misrepresentation includes inactive members posing themselves as active members on websites, resumes, and promotional, as well as, marketing materials.

To help protect the integrity of the organization and its active members, the AASP has assigned a task force to perform periodic audits of the use of the AASP name, content, and logo on the Internet. Task force findings will initially be submitted to the AASP Executive Director for appropriate action. If the matters are not resolved, the matter will be forwarded to the AASP legal team for further action.

The Academy requests that each former member and former member periodically reassess their use of AASP information make sure they are representing the AASP and their current member status accurately. If a prior member finds that they have incorrectly listed themselves as an active member online, there are two ways the matter can be resolved. (1) The former member can renew membership and regain active status. (2) The former member can delete any and all misrepresentations of the relationship with the AASP on their website and any other marketing materials, including letterhead, patient education materials, resume and online directories.

American Academy of Spine Physicians Addresses the Importance of Posture
The American Academy of Spine Physicians (AASP) addresses the importance of posture in health and disease. The Academy recently provided the International Spine Association (ISA) with a text-based overview of posture, which it has posted on its highly acclaimed website:  www.spineinformation.org.

Posture refers to the position of the body and the relationship between anatomic regions. More specifically, posture refers to the relationship between the head, spine, pelvis, and extremities in different planes and in different positions.

Posture is a biologically controlled adaptive process which is constantly changing. It is a complex biological function that is dependent upon coordinated neurological and muscular activity required to maintain stability and to support movement. The effect of gravity on the body is opposed by the dynamic control mechanisms of posture. Posture requires perpetual signaling between the peripheral and central nervous systems. Good posture refers to positioning of the body in a manner which maintains stability and balance with a minimum of effort. It also minimizes energy expenditure, enhances the efficiency of human movement and equally transmits weight-bearing loads on supportive structures such as bones, intervertebral discs, and joints. Normal foot mechanics and ankle stability are required for good posture and efficient gait. Good posture helps protect vital organs and the neurological elements of the spinal column, such as the spinal cord and nerve roots.

The AASP is in the process of developing a PowerPoint slide program and a brochure on the topic of Posture and Health for its members. The AASP is considering the development of a certification program in postural evaluation and rehabilitation.

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)

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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