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The Spinecare Team

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Primary Care Provider

The term primary care provider (PCP) refers to a physician who has assumed the responsibility of providing general healthcare and coordinating specialty care provided to a patient.  A primary care provider is often a medical physician board certified in internal medicine and/or family practice, although any physician may assume the role of a primary care provider.

 In some settings a chiropractic physician may serve as a primary spinecare provider (PSP).  The PCP typically serves as a gatekeeper controlling and coordinating access to healthcare including referral to spine specialists

For more information about the role and responsibilities of a Primary Care Provider, please refer to the website of the Primary Care - American Academy of Family Physicians at

To locate and learn about primary care providers who are members of the American Academy of Spine Physicians go to the International Directory of Spinecare Professionals. The directory also identifies those who have achieved credentialed status (Diplomate or Fellow) with the American Academy of Spine Physicians.

Educational Partners

To learn more about your spine. spinehealth, and available spinecare go to the International Spine Assocition (ISA) at The primary mission of the ISA is to improve spinehealth and spinecare through education. The ISA is committed to disseminating need-to-know information throught the World Wide Web in numerous languages covering many topics related to the spine, including information about spine disorders, spine heath, advances in technology and available spinecare

All health information posted on the site is based on the latest research and national treatment standards, and have been written or reviewed and appoved by the American Acedemy of Spine Physicians and/or International Spine Association physicians or health professionals unless otherwise specified.

The information provided on this site is designed to support. not replace,
the relationship that exists between patient/site visitor and his/her physician.