Prevention - Diagnosis - Prognosis - Treatment - Outcome
Low back pain is the world's most debilitating condition, associated with tremendous socioeconomic and health-care consequences. Spine changes may lead to the development of pain. However, spine changes and pain are multi-factorial conditions, with numerous risk factors involved in the spectrum of events. Improving the understanding of spine degeneration and pain may lead to more effective treatments, spine care and outcomes.
The ISPC consists of a multi-disciplinary and international group of experts working together to redefine clinically-relevant spinal phenotypes, identify risk factors related to spinal phenotypes and pain, enhance prevention and diagnosis of degenerative spine disease, and improve patient outcomes on a global scale.
Every year since 1983, the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (ISSLS) has awarded the ISSLS MacNab/LaRocca Award to individual scientists aimed to promote research activities into the cause and cure of low back pain. At the 40th Annual ISSLS Meeting in May of 2013, going against tradition, the society awarded the award to a group of multi-disciplinary world leading clinicians and scientists to establish an International Spine and Pain Consortium (ISPC) to initially address the genetic epidemiology of spinal imaging phenotypes and pain. Although the spinal phenotype working group provides the foundation of the ISPC, this consortium has further branched out to include other areas of research and clinical interests.