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Welcome to Our Spine Health Community

Your spine supports everything you do – from work and play to treasured time spent with those you love. A healthy spine is strong and flexible, moving with you through everyday activities and helping you keep up with the people and experiences that matter most to you.

Through patient education, award-winning research, and advocacy, we give patients the tools they need to make informed decisions about their spine health and navigate their own treatment journeys with confidence. We believe patients deserve real solutions, real answers, and real hope. We have convened an outstanding Medical and Scientific Board comprising the nation’s top spine surgeons, all recognized leaders in the field. Our inspiring Spinal Champions® – individuals who have overcome serious spinal conditions – lead by example and show other patients that there is hope. Join us.

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Spine Anatomy: What You Should Know

Knowing the anatomy of your spine is important. But what exactly is a healthy spine? What are the parts of a spine? The spine is an extraordinarily complex structure made up of a lot of moving parts. It is extremely flexible. No matter how you are standing, lying, or positioning yourself, your spine has strain […]

May 11, 2021Support

Eat to Strengthen Your Bones, Ligaments, Cartilage, & Muscles

Aside from taking more walking breaks or getting a standing desk, you can also eat to keep your structure strong.

Jun 15, 2018Support

Yoga with Modifications For Lower Back Pain

Yoga is one of our favorite ways to move the body, but traditional postures don’t always work for those experiencing back or neck pain. Because of that, yoga with modifications is essential! We are so thankful to NSHF friend Sytera at Sytera Yoga for creating a special video for this very reason. A lot of […]

Jun 10, 2021Support
PREVENT AND IDENTIFY SYMPTOMS OF BACK AND NECK PAIN.

 

Prevention: Behavior and lifestyle factors that help prevent back and neck pain.

  • Posture: Proper spinal alignment helps to alleviate and prevent back pain.
  • Workplace Ergonomics: Maintaining a healthy back and neck at the office.
  • Safe Lifting: Avoid back pain with stress reducing practices.
  • Relax: Avoid back pain with stress reducing practices
  • Sleeping: Identify the best ways to sleep for a healthy back.
  • Smoking: Understand the impact that smoking has on bone density, disc health, connective tissues, and more.
  • Nutrition and Weight Control: Maintaining a healthful weight and good nutrition assists in back pain prevention and reduces stress on the spine.
  • Exercise: A commitment to fitness helps prevent back pain and speed recovery if pain does occur.
  • Physical Therapy for Prevention: Consider physical therapy before pain occurs to avoid back and neck pain from occurring at all.
  • Spine Specialists: A guide for choosing a medical professional that fits your needs.
UNDERSTAND CONDITIONS AND HOW TO COMMUNICATE WITH PROVIDERS.

 

Choosing a Specialist: Identify the best spine specialists for you.

Conditions: Learn more about your spinal health condition.

  • Disc Degeneration: The aging process of the discs in the spine that can be either minor discomfort or inhibiting pain.
  • Facet Syndrome: Inflammation of the facet joints that are located between the vertebrae in your spine.
  • Herniated Disc: Wear and tear of the spine over the years.
  • Spondylolisthesis: Pain caused by one bone in the back sliding in front of the bone below it.
  • Stenosis: Narrowing of the spinal column resulting in varying degrees of discomfort.
  • Diagnostic Procedures: Understand the different testing and imaging techniques.
EXPLORE TREATMENT OPTIONS THAT WORK.

 

Non-Surgical Treatment: Available alternatives to surgical treatment.

  • Acupuncture: The stimulation of anatomical points on the body using various techniques.
  • Aquatic Therapy:  Aquatic therapy assists in developing core strength and can support pain reduction and healing.
  • Chiropractic:  A qualified, reputable chiropractor can be used under certain circumstances to assist in back and neck pain treatment.
  • Ice or Heat?: Choosing between ice and heat for injuries depends on the type of injury and also personal preferences.
  • Injections: Injections performed by a specialists can result in pain reduction without surgical intervention.
  • Medications: Different types of medications can assist in spinal pain alleviation, although are not a singular treatment option.
  • Physical Therapy: Inflammation management, improved mobility, and return to functional movement are all part of physical therapy.
  • Regenerative Therapy: Allows the body to heal from within by rejuvenating and regenerating cells, replacing damaged tissue, and restoring function.

Surgical Treatment: Surgical options available to alleviate back and neck pain.

  • Deciding to have Surgery: Determine if surgery is the path for you.
  • Preparing for Surgery:  A guide for patients on what to do to making surgery easier and less stressful.
  • Artificial Disc Replacement:  An artificial disc is designed to closely replicate a real disc and its functions.
  • Fusion: The joining of two vertebraes in the spine.
  • Laminotomy/Laminectomy: Surgery performed to alleviate pressure on spinal nerves and/or spinal cord.
  • Laminoplasty:  Surgery which allows more room to the spinal cord in the neck when it is compressed by disc material, bone spurs, or ligaments.
  • Microdisectomy:  With a small incision, professionals are able to alleviate nerve pain.
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery:  Technical innovations and advances allow surgeons to perform less invasive surgery resulting in quicker recoveries and less complications in patients.
DISCOVER RESOURCES AND WHAT TO EXPECT ON THE ROAD TO RECOVERY.
  • FAQ: Answers to common questions post-surgery.
  • Caregiver Support: Useful information on how to care for and support a loved one.

 

CELEBRATE YOUR STORY BECAUSE YOU ARE A SPINAL CHAMPION!

Our Spinal Champion program provides relief from the emotional and physical challenges that spinal patients face. We are pioneering patient support initiatives that bring together spinal patients, allowing them to share their experiences, offer support, and find strength and comfort in others who are battling similar challenges.

Spinal Champion: A person who has achieved an improved quality of life through treatment for neck or back pain.
The moment you step foot into one of our Center of Excellence, their team will work collaboratively to support you in achieving the goal of becoming a Spinal Champion. Join the We’ve Got Your Back campaign and celebrate with others by participating in one of our events!

Share Your Story: We love to hear from our Spinal Champions – your stories will inspire, teach, and provide hope for others. No story is too small; each journey to recovery is equally powerful and helps build awareness and hope. Celebrate your success while inspiring others and share your story!

 

OUR PROGRAMS

The National Spine Health Foundation has created Spine-Talks to bring
world-class spine health expertise to you, wherever you are. Featuring
the nation’s top spine surgeons, physicians, and healthcare professionals,
Spine-Talks answer real patient questions, share information about exciting new advances
in spinal treatment, and provide actionable advice to help you make more informed choices
about your spine health

patients facing a debilitating back or neck condition can often feel lost,
alone, and overwhelmed – but the road to recovery doesn’t have to be a
lonely one. Our Spinal Champions program brings together individuals who have achieved
improved quality of life through treatment for their neck or back pain to share their own stories of hope and provide encouragement to other patients. Spinal Champions help others find strength, comfort, and peer-to-peer support in a community that understands.

Our “Get Back to It” Podcast showcases these inspiring individuals and the steps they took to heal. Do you have a Spinal Champion story of your own to share? We encourage you to be part of our growing community and support others by sharing your experience.

Our largest networking event of the year, the Gala celebrates the power of hope, gives a nod to the innovative future, and recognizes Spinal Champions®, a person who has achieved an improved quality of life through neck or back treatment. This special event also honors some of the most influential individuals within spinal health during the Spinal Champion® Award Ceremony and will conclude with a Dessert Reception, where patients, physicians, industry leaders, and members of the community have the opportunity to network and exchange ideas, producing an overwhelmingly positive and innovative energy.

From Ask the Expert interviews to review articles, our national network of Centers of Excellence contribute to The Spine Health Journal, a patient-centered, research-driven publication produced by the Foundation.

Each patient’s spine health experience is unique, and everyone deserves
honest answers and unbiased support to navigate the treatment choices
that are right for them. That’s why we’ve created the Patient Journey, a set
of resources to guide patients in spine health awareness and prevention as well as diagnosis, treatment, and recovery for conditions ranging from common to severe.

A monthly roundup of news, articles, videos, and special events from the National Spine Health Foundation.

The Patient Journey Project is a unique patient education and advocacy initiative that aspires to prevent injuries, help patients achieve improved spinal health, strengthen provider-patient relationships, and reduce the uncertainty and anxiety experienced by those suffering from spinal injuries and disorders.

A monthly curated collection on #spinehacks™ and other tips and tricks on how to maintain a healthy spine.

#1

reason for doctor visits for physical pain and most common non-cancer related opioid prescriptions in the U.S.

264 million

lost work days per year due to neck and back pain

100 million

Americans (1/3 of U.S. population), suffer from neck or back pain each year

4x

more likely to become clinically depressed when suffering from debilitating neck or back pain

The # 1

cause of job-related disability in the U.S.

2nd highest

doctor visits after the common cold

80%

of working adults will experience lower back pain in their lifetime

$250b

annual cost to U.S. economy