Your contributions will immediately strengthen our collective call to action on Capitol Hill and within every community. Funding will provide much needed resources to those who are working hard to address this problem. On a regular basis, we will keep you up to date on our activities, initiatives, and programs. Most importantly, we will inform you of our progress and results. Actions speak louder than words, and we are dedicated to making measurable and meaningful changes.

You will be recognized on our website as having contributed to this cause, unless you request otherwise. With your help, we will be able to more powerfully fulfill our mission and move much closer to achieving the ultimate goal of ending spine-related disability.


  • Secure research collaborations with three key stakeholder groups that can provide data for mining and analyses
  • Grant $100,000 in research awards
  • Begin systematic reviews and meta-analyses
  • Build global awareness of the problem
  • Secure 3,125 members
  • Host inaugural Spine Foundation Research Summit


  • Grant $300,000 in research awards, including a pilot cohort treatment study with employer cooperation
  • Expand the Spine Foundation Research Summit to include 150 top international spine researchers and other key stakeholders
  • Complete systematic reviews and meta-analyses
  • Secure 6,250 members

Other than making a donation and becoming a benefactor, we are always in need of volunteers. Activities often include office assistance, event support, and serving as a host for educational community outreach. Please contact Wendy Kneebone, Executive Assistant - Spine Foundation, at [email protected] to inquire.

For more information or to just speak with one of our experts, please contact Wendy Kneebone, Executive Assistant - Spine Foundation, at [email protected].

  • Low back pain has been identified as the leading cause of disability worldwide. Neck pain is the 4th leading cause of disability, internationally. In fact, spine-related problems have a greater impact on global health than diabetes, lung cancer, tuberculosis, preterm birth, and malaria.
  • Back pain results in approximately 40% absenteeism and 20% of those with spine pain report they cannot continue to work.
  • Individually, a patient who is disabled due to a spinal disorder suffers a significant loss in quality of life and often succumbs to financial hardship.
  • US Employers incur annual productivity losses for spine-related disability equaling $28B.
  • At the societal level, $357B of US public funds is spent annually supporting those disabled and spinal disorders are recognized as a major contributor to this cost.
  • If a patient becomes disabled, they are 71% more likely to eventually reach a level of poverty compared to their peers.
  • At the onset of disability, annual earnings and after-tax income immediately begin to decline despite subsidies and public assistance.
  • For patients, those who incur disability are more likely to suffer significant losses in earned income and after-tax revenue, both short-term and long-term, despite the misconceptions among providers, employers, society, and many patients regarding the financial safeguards provided by private and public sources.
  • In fact, household incomes of the chronic or severely disabled drop by 30%, causing 23% of this group to fall into poverty.
  • Disability does not provide meaningful financial secondary gain. Rather, it causes a significant drop in the financial security of those who suffer spine-related functional decline.
  • A 20-year-old has a 30% risk of becoming disabled before the age of 65 year-old and spine-related disorders are a major cause.
  • The average taxpayer spends approximately $2,500 of their taxes on the care and disability support of those with spine disorders. This does not include the cost of higher premiums, which continue to rise due to the cost of spine-related care.


Spine-related disability negatively affects everyone, not only those who personally experience spine problems and impaired function. Indirectly, and more and more every day, you sacrifice a substantial amount of money supporting patients with spine problems through higher taxes and rising insurance premiums.

Statistics show that 30% of employees will develop a disability in their lifetime, making them 71% more likely to reach poverty level due to unemployment and financial loss.

Patients with spine-related disability can avoid financial devastation and you can enjoy lower taxes and reduced insurance premiums if spine-related disability is eliminated.

Furthermore, employers will avoid costly insurance premiums and have more productive workers. Third-party payers and disability insurance companies will save money and pass those savings down to you as required by the mandated medical loss ratio formula. Finally, taxpayers will be able to protect their wealth and society will enjoy greater prosperity and economic growth.

The North American Spine Foundation will sponsor research, initially, that will deepen and widen our understanding of this problem within North America. Large employers and other stakeholder groups will be engaged to work with expert investigators to analyze all existing spine-related disability data. This information will be summarized in reports that we antipicpate will be published in major journals and through various media outlets.

In addition, we will support a group of researchers to systematically and comprehensively review the vast body of literature in order to generate a summary report as to where we are, currently, in preventing, diagnosing, and managing spine-related disability. Again, we anticipate that these findings will be published in major journals and through various media outlets.

Once those first two steps are complete, we will be sponsoring researchers from all over the world to investigate strategies to reduce the rate of spine-related disability.

While all of this research work is being completed, we will be working with policy makers to enhance the various regulations related to enhancing access to occupational, recreational, and public/private services for those who have spine-related disabilities. We will also be supporting educational efforts to keep all stakeholders apprised of the most advanced preventative, diagnostic, and management strategies that have already been shown to reduce and eliminate spine-related impairment.

If you are a patient with a spinal disorder, our work and effort can influence the type of care you receive, the support provided by your employer, and the access provided to you for public/private services. As a result, your opportunities for a productive and financially secure future will be enhanced. That will favorably affect you, your family, and everyone else in your life.

If you are not a patient, you and your family will still be affected by the work of the North American Spine Foundation. By reducing disability, you will likely see a reduction or a contraction in the rate of rising taxes and health insurance premiums. And, if you are an employer, your work force will be more present and more productive, reducing your costs related to lost days of work and rising health care costs.