January 7, 2014 — The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is pleased to welcome the Laser Spine Institute (LSI) as an Executive Partner in its corporate member program. Dedicated to providing minimally invasive spine surgery after more conservative methods are exhausted, LSI offers an effective alternative to open neck and back surgery. The partnership will contribute to collaboration and continued innovation in treatment of the spine by both conservative care and surgical practitioners.
With more than 80 percent of the U.S. population suffering some form of back or neck pain, minimally invasive, outpatient procedures are an effective treatment option. The muscle-sparing procedures performed by Laser Spine Institute’s team of board-certified surgeons have the benefit of shorter operation times, lower complication rates, and minimal blood loss. LSI offers treatments for a variety of spinal conditions including spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, pinched nerves, bone spurs, bulging/herniated discs, scoliosis, and sciatica.
“The partnership between Laser Spine Institute and the ACA is a game changer,” said Dotty Bollinger, Laser Spine Institute president and chief operating officer. “An integrated care plan provides practitioners distinct roles in treating the spine, and provides patients with a better opportunity for successful, long-term treatment.”
ACA and LSI will also collaborate to develop an integrative post-operative rehabilitation certification program that utilizes chiropractic care. Additionally, ACA members and students will have the opportunity to participate in rotating internships that allow for multidisciplinary care of patients requiring the full spectrum of treatment options.
“When conservative care is exhausted and for certain patient presentations where surgical intervention of the spine is indicated, the American Chiropractic Association supports minimally invasive approaches such as those used by Laser Spine Institute,” said ACA President Keith Overland, DC, when asked about the partnership. “Our focus as DCs is to provide patients with the best care imaginable. When minimally invasive surgery becomes the best option, ACA members and LSI will work to ensure that the goals of patients and the profession are being met.”