NASS Launches New Research Foundation

The North American Spine Society (NASS) has established the North American Spine Foundation, a nonprofit organization established to end spine-related disability through research, education, and advocacy. The announcement was made during the NASS 2014 Annual Meeting, held in San Francisco.

“Spine-related disability affects all people, outpacing diabetes, lung cancer, tuberculosis, preterm birth, and malaria as the leading cause of suffering worldwide,” said Michael L. Reed, DPT, OCS, the foundation’s executive director. “The North American Spine Foundation is uniquely positioned to lead the charge to reduce the medical, social, emotional, and financial devastation of spine-related disability globally.”

Over the past decade, the rate of spine-related symptoms has not changed, but the degree of spine-related disability has steadily increased. This is due to the fact that spine-related disability is not just a medical issue; rather, it stems from a combination of occupational, psychological, social, and medical factors.

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