DALLAS, Aug. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Spine Center Network, the only national listing of spine centers that meet credentialing criteria, added Reading Neck and Spine Center to its list of credentialed spine centers.
SpineCenterNetwork.com currently features 15 multi-disciplinary spine centers that meet the credentialing criteria of the network. The most recent spine center to be added in August is Reading Neck and Spine Center in Reading, Pennsylvania. The spine center combines under one roof a board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon who is fellowship-trained in spine surgery, a board-certified specialist in non-surgical treatment options and spinal injections, X-ray, and a team of affiliated spine therapists with a full exercise gym.
The network is a byproduct of meetings with insurance company medical directors and employers who were looking for a list of spine programs in various parts of the country that emphasized conservative care first, explains Bob Reznik, MBA, president of Prizm Development, Inc. "Dartmouth Medical Atlas has documented tremendous treatment variation in spine surgery rates around the nation," says Reznik. "Some spine practices are surgical mills that emphasize spine surgery too often. Meanwhile other clinics can emphasize injections that go on for months. Then there are other clinics that overdo therapy, hanging onto the back pain sufferer until symptoms like numbness in a hand or foot become permanent."
The real problem with spine care is specialty bias according to Reznik. "If the back pain sufferer starts with a surgeon, they can be told they need surgery," Reznik explains. "If they start with a spinal injectionist, they can get an excessive number of injections. Others can get stuck in a non-surgical silo for palliative therapy that accomplishes nothing. The key is a multi-disciplinary spine center that ensures the patient gets the right type of care at the right time."
According to David Abraham, MD, a founder of Reading Neck and Spine Center, the multi-disciplinary approach eliminates a lot of the fragmentation and frustration experienced by those with back or neck pain. "Too many times the person with back or neck pain has to drive to a doctor's office, then back into the car for a drive to a diagnostic center, then to a different location for therapy," says Dr. Abraham. "Because the clinicians are not connected, the patient has to explain their problem multiple times to providers who don't communicate with each other or share the same patient chart. This fragmentation can result in the patient being told different diagnoses and treatment plans. "
Spine Center Network is particularly helpful to health insurance plans and employers who want to identify regional spine centers. As a free community service, all these centers mail out at their own cost a 36-page Home Remedy Book to thousands of back pain sufferers annually. More information can be found at SpineCenterNetwork.com.
Bob Reznik, MBA