THE POTENTIAL FOR COLLABORATION IN SPINECARE
The spine is very intricate and complex and therefore there are many things which can go wrong. There are well over 200 distinct disorders which can afflict the spine. Many of these disorders are chronic. This has lead to the development of many disorder specific organizations and support groups. Back pain and related complications is also growing at an alarming rate worldwide.
Patients who suffer with a complex or chronic spine disorder often require care from one or more spine specialists. An integrated team approach is sometimes necessary to improve spinecare outcome. The Leaders of the American Academy of Spine Physicians (AASP) recognize that all of these factors need to be addressed. They are best addressed with open communication and collaboration at all levels extending from the delivery of care to the shared efforts of national and international organizations. This includes organizations which serve professionals as well as those who serve the public. The AASP recognizes the benefits of working with respected organizations like the International Spine Association (ISA), the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), and the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the Arthritis Foundation (AF).
A collaborative effort would advance knowledge, enhance the efficient delivery of spinecare and promote prevention and early intervention. Networking between various organizations and their members would facilitate timely referrals and an integrated approach to care.