Summit Spinecare receives NCQA recognition

Summit Orthopedics’ Spinecare program was recognized today by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for its high quality physicians who take a patient-centered approach to back pain using evidence-based guidelines.

Recognition is only awarded to spine centers that follow evidence-based criteria: thorough patient assessment; recommendations for appropriate physical activity; avoiding unnecessary imaging; patient education and shared decision making with the patient about surgery and alternatives to surgery; tracking and analyzing surgical outcomes; and surveying patients about their experience.

The trend in caring for back pain is to explore non-surgical solutions. Summit Spinecare launched in 2010 and receives back and neck pain cases from across Minnesota and the region. In 2011, Summit Spinecare was one of the first spine centers in the state to report clinical outcomes. Patient outcomes and satisfaction measured high. In fact, 84 percent of patients at Summit Spinecare reported recovery from symptoms without surgery and 93 percent were satisfied with the time the doctor spent with them.

For more information about NCQA recognition, visit their website at For more information about Summit Spinecare visit,

Summit Orthopedics offers comprehensive spine expertise

Our back specialists diagnose spine problems and design custom treatment plans built on a conservative, nonsurgical approach. Most patients find relief through treatments including guided injections, specialized physical therapy, biofeedback, exercise, activity modification, and medication. When conservative care does not relieve symptoms, our highly skilled surgeons offer proven, evidence-based surgical options. Together with you, we will determine the right course of action.

Start your journey to a healthy spine. Find your spine expert, request an appointment online, or call us at (651) 968–5201 to schedule a spine consultation.

Summit has convenient locations across the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin. We have state-of-the-art centers for comprehensive orthopedic care in Eagan, MNPlymouth, MN, Vadnais Heights, MN, and Woodbury, MN, as well as additional community clinics throughout the metro and southern Minnesota.

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