The North American Spine Society (NASS) is the world’s
largest multidisciplinary organization that advances quality
spine care through education, research and advocacy.
NASS members are MDs, DOs and PhDs in 22 spine-related
specialties including orthopedics, neurosurgery, physiatry,
pain management and other disciplines. Nurse practitioners,
physician assistants, chiropractors, physical therapists,
practice administrators and other allied health care
professionals involved in spine care also are represented.
Why is a multidisciplinary approach to back pain
Research shows that by combining a variety of treatment
options to address an ongoing back pain problem, patients
often have more positive results than with just one treatment
method alone. A multidisciplinary approach may include
treatment such as physical therapy, pain management (for
example, medications, spinal injections and coping strategies),
body mechanics/ergonomics and various forms of exercise
including complimentary approaches like Pilates or yoga.
Sometimes back pain will resolve itself with one form of
treatment, but not always. With a multidisciplinary treatment
program, a patient may take advantage of multiple forms of
treatment simultaneously with better results. The goal is to
find the right combination of treatments to alleviate back
pain, and most importantly—improve overall quality of life.
Finding the right treatment plan for you is the first step in
managing your back pain. For more information on spine
care or to find a spine specialist in your area, please go to
www.spine.org or call (866) 960-NASS.
About the North American Spine Society
Back pain is no laughing matter. In fact,
nearly everyone in their lifetime will suffer
with some type of back pain. Because
back and neck pain are such common
complaints, it’s no surprise that people
have a lot of unanswered questions on the
topic. This booklet briefly addresses some
of the most com