Guidelines For Spinal Therapy

The ISIS and GIW scientific societies

In the treatment of acute and chronic spinally dependent pain, we have specialised for many years in minimally invasive intervention techniques that precisely diagnose the causes of pain and subsequently treat it in a targeted way.

There are internationally recognised standards for this, which the International Spine Intervention Society (ISIS), located in Kentfield California in the USA, has gone a long way to help to shape and, in 2004, they wrote down and published as “Practical Guidelines for Intervention Spinal Diagnostics and Treatment Procedures”.

In 2006 the GIW, whose founding member is Dr Markus W. Gallmeier, was established in Munich. Dr Gallmeier has been a “certified member” of this society since May 2008, which means that he has fulfilled the high quality and guideline requirements of the society as demonstrated in his working methods. There are currently only eight members who are recognized and certified. Dr Markus W. Gallmeier is also founder member of the European section of the ISIS.

The objective of these societies is to implement the minimally invasive, spinal treatment processes on the basis of high standards and guidelines in Germany, and to share in the contribution towards their further development. This, in turn, will lead to successfully achieving better standardisation of these treatment measures.

An additional stipulation of the societies named above is to critically assess any developments that may, to a degree, be only pseudo-innovative – in the rapid increase of various spinal pain management treatments. This will involve making every effort to ensure that any treatment methods are first assessed in centres that are qualified to do so and, in this way, established as standardised processes based on a number of studies.

This is how we are striving to stem any uncontrolled spread of non-standardised spinal treatments for the benefit of patients. It involves the application of effective and already existing effective treatment processes, with a high degree of effectiveness among patients backed up by studies, for the good of the growing number of people with back pain.


GIW management board member - society for spinal interventions
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Member of ISIS - International Spine Intervention Society
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