Guest Editorial - ABS Newsletter
Jay Sandweiss D.O.
American Back Society Teaching Fellow
As we enter the 21st century, an evolution of consciousness is occurring in
the diagnosis and treatment of spinal disease and dysfunction. Fresh
ideas, new research data and exciting technologies are influencing the way
we provide health care for our patients. From the Human Genome Project to
PET scanning, from IDET procedures to acupuncture, from
psychoneuroimmunology and neurotransmitters to glucosamine sulfate, we are
all giving witness to the new emerging paradigm in healing: Integrative
Integrative Medicine is a holistic approach to patient care that integrates
conventional medical practice with evidence-based complementary medical
interventions. Many of you have read The Lancet (January 2001) and know of
the well-documented effects of glucosamine sulfate for the treatment of
osteoarthritis. There is mounting evidence that diet, nutritional
supplements, herbal medicine, acupuncture, exercise, and many mind/body
therapies can positively influence our health: particularly
neuromusculoskeletal health. This information can be woven into the
existing medical fabric, to produce a health care delivery system that
responds to the needs of the whole person.
The American Back Society is an exemplary organization that has
consistently strived to bring together people from diverse specialties,
disciplines and professions. It is perhaps the premier society offering
interdisciplinary training in spinal care.
We look forward to your attendance at this year’s ABS Symposium, at the
Hilton Walt Disney World, Orlando Florida, December 5th-8th 2001. The
program promises to be stimulating, practical, and exciting.