Symposium #1


Subject overview

Spine disorders affects up to 90% of men and women; children, adults, and seniors; and citizens of both developed and emerging nations. Whether a deforming condition such as scoliosis, a degenerative problem or spine trauma, early, aggressive management can improve function, and restore the patient’s ability to function fully in society.  These efforts improve family and national prosperity.  As a result, spine care is clearly not a luxury, but a necessity.


Symposium Objective

The symposium will demonstrate the value of investment in spine care to global leaders by identifying the current burden of spine disease on the physical and financial health of the individuals affected, the overall costs to society, by demonstrating ways in which investments in spine care are economically sound strategy and policy from a national level.


Topics Highlights
  1. Neck and Back Problems are more common and expensive than most of us realize
  2. These issues can be addressed with prevention and rehabilitation
  3. Surgery, when indicated, is an effective means of returning individuals to function
  4. Return to function allows the individual to prosperity to their family and their society



Bambang Darwono

Frank Kandziora

Erik Truumees


11.00 – 11.05

Introduction and purpose of symposium

Erik Truumees, USA

11.05 – 11.15

Summary of the global burden of Spine Disease including fiscal and disability related matters

Frank Kandziora, Germany

11.15 – 11.25

Summary and findings of global burden of low back and neck pain studies

Pierre Côté, Canada

11.25 – 11.35

Impact of spine disease in developing world

Scott Haldeman, USA

11.35 – 11.50

The importance of improved management of spinal trauma and deformity; The role of early/aggressive spine care as less expensive from a society-wide perspective than a laissez faire approach

Erik Truumees, USA

11.50 – 12.00

MISS solving the Burden of Spine Problems during Pandemic. It is not a luxury

Bambang Darwono, Indonesia

12.00 – 12.10

Effect of spine problems on prosperity

Scott Haldeman, USA

12.10 – 12.30

Panel discussion/Q &A