About The National Spine Health Foundation

Improving Spinal Health Care Through Education, Research, and Patient Advocacy


The National Spine Health Foundation is the only patient-centered non-profit dedicated to helping patients overcome debilitating spinal conditions and take back their lives. Co-founded 20 years ago by Dr. Schuler who realized there needed to be a national organization to raise awareness of the success of modern spinal treatments. To learn more about our history, you can read more here.

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.



1/3 of Americans Suffer …

Personal Impact

  • 100 million Americans, approximately 1/3rd of the U.S. population, suffer from chronic neck or back pain each year.
  • Those with this pain are 4 times more likely to become clinically depressed.
1 reason for physical pain …

Healthcare Impact

  • Back and neck pain is the #1 reason for physical pain and the most common non-cancer related opioid prescriptions in the U.S.
  • It causes the second highest number of doctor’s visits after the common cold.
#1 job-related disability in the U.S. …

Economic Impact

  • $250 billion annual cost to U.S. economy with 264 lost workdays per year.
  • Back and neck pain is the #1 job-related disability in the U.S.

The National Spine Health Foundation is here for the patient. We are committed to providing the research, resources and guidance you need to navigate your journey out of back and neck pain as quickly as possible.

National Spine Health Foundation Resources

We want patients to have every resource they need. Here are a few of the things we offer on an ongoing basis. In this list, you’ll find a variety of media because we know people like to ingest things in different ways. Whether it’s a podcast, a magazine, an article or a video interview, we are here to serve patients in every way we can. From tips and tricks to surgeon expertise and patient stories, we’ve got you covered!


If you don’t find what you’re looking for here, we encourage you to send us an email at info@spinehealth.org and we’ll do our best to answer your questions or provide guidance.

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