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 http://www.aafp.org.
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