National Spine Health Foundation

The National Spine Health Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those with neck and back pain through education research and patient advocacy. We educate Americans about the treatment and prevention of neck and back disorders, helping to prove what works, drive innovation and support patients on their journey toward spinal health.

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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

Lifelong Nutrition for Healthy Bones

Nutrition for healthy bones is important knowledge. Ours bones play many roles in the body, from providing structure and support and protecting our organs to acting as a mineral storage for calcium and phosphorous. However, bone health is often overlooked until the diagnosis of osteoporosis or the occurrence of a fragility fracture later in life. […]

May 12, 2020Support

Poor Posture & its Effects on the Body

Poor Posture & its Effects on the Body Posture is defined as “the relative position of the body at any one period of time”. Correct posture or neutral posture is a position in which minimal stress is applied to the body’s muscles, tissues, joints, and ligaments, providing the most energy efficient movement. The central nervous […]

Apr 08, 2015Support

Nutrition for Degenerative Disc Disease: What You Should Know

Degenerative Disc Disease is a condition that often occurs with aging. It happens when the discs between spine vertebrae begin to deteriorate. This can begin to cause significant pain. The result can also be weakness and numbness flowing down the legs as the discs no longer cushion the vertebral bones above and below, which can […]

Dec 15, 2020Support

Tirelessly Seeking Tailbone Treatment: Spinal Champion Roni T.

Tailbone pain — this is something Spinal Champion Roni knows all too well. She had trouble sitting and performing regular, everyday activities. She had to have special pillows and equipment to relieve her pain. The road to recovery wasn’t short. First of all, it was more than a 7-year-journey, but she didn’t give up. In […]

Jan 23, 2021Support

Your Patient Journey

Your Patient Journey serves as 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. Through the cooperation of our Medical & Scientific Advisory Board, Board of Directors, and Centers of Excellence, we are able to apply an unmatched level of medical expertise to these issues, resulting in meaningful and accessible information that will help patients overcome their challenges and achieve improved spinal health.

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!

 

Latest News

Welcome to #spinehacks™! Here you will find all of our social media posts intended to provide you with simple ways to improve the way you care for your spine each day.

Want to see more of these? Follow us @SpineHealthFoundation (FacebookInstagram) and @SpineHealthFdn (Twitter) as well as on YouTube and LinkedIn.

 

Video: Advancements in Pain Management

Pain management is such a huge part of the spine health world. That’s why... Read More

Spine Anatomy: What You Should Know

Knowing the anatomy of your spine is important. But what exactly is a healthy... Read More

Spinal Champion® Paul: Spinal Stenosis Surgery and Recovery

Spinal Symptoms Begin Spinal Stenosis surgery was an ultimate diagnosis and treatment for Paul,... Read More

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OUR PROGRAMS

Spine-Talks® is the premier educational platform designed to improve lives through knowledge and hope, featuring the latest diagnostics, therapeutics, and technological advancements. Join our community and hear from national experts discussing current spinal health topics you need to know!

Welcome to #spinehacks™! Here you will find all of our social media posts intended to provide you with simple ways to improve the way you care for your spine each day.

Want to see more of these? Follow us @SpineHealthFoundation (FacebookInstagram) and @SpineHealthFdn (Twitter) as well as on YouTube and LinkedIn.

Join the nation’s largest 5K event to celebrate healthy spines and benefit those suffering with neck and back pain. The We’ve Got Your Back Race for Spinal Health consists of a timed 5K race and a 1 mile family-friendly fun run/walk. All are welcome to join! Save the Date: The 13th Annual We’ve Got Your Back event will be held on May 17, 2020!

Our Spinal Champion® program provides much needed 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.

The Get Back To It Podcast exists to tell real stories of healing and recovery from Spinal Champions® – people who have achieved better quality of life through the treatment of neck or back pain! We believe that sharing these success stories creates a community of hope and encouragement for those in various stages of their patient journey. We can’t wait to hear your story.

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.

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