SpineUniverse Offers Hope to Nation's 60 Million Back Pain Sufferers

Wed, 09/13/2000

Offers Information to Nation’s 60 Million Back Pain Sufferers

National Neurosurgeons’ Group Forms Strategic Alliance

BOCA RATON, Fla. (Sept. 13, 2000) — Sixty million back pain sufferers who want to learn more about their condition and possibilities for relief now have a single destination: www.SpineUniverse.com.

SpineUniverse.com and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) today announced a strategic alliance in which the two groups will work together to educate patients and doctors about the latest advances in low back pain management and care of the spine disorders.

The AANS Section of the site will include two areas, one for patients, the other for medical professionals. The patient section will include information about the broad range of spinal disorders, including low back pain, neck pain, management of chronic pain and the aging spine. The professional section will include material tailored specifically to physicians and other medical professionals who treat or refer patients with spine problems. In addition, it will include selected chapters from AANS textbooks, referral guidelines, as well as links to two of the AANS’ scientific publications, the Journal of Neurosurgery:Spine and Neurosurgical Focus.

“Our work with SpineUniverse supports our overall plan to educate both patients and physicians about spine disorders and the treatment and techniques used to manage them,” said Robert F. Heary, MD, vice chairman of the AANS Public Relations Committee and Spine Universe physician liaison for the AANS.

SpineUniverse offers physicians internet based referrals, online practice marketing at no cost and quality patient education at no cost. SpineUniverse.com has been honored as a “best of the web” by About.com and as a top rated site by MedExplorer. The award-winning site offers information for both health care professionals and patients. Patients can use the site to find a physician, learn about their condition and ask questions of a specialist. Professionals can view videotaped surgery and read articles reviewed by an editorial board which contains many of the most respected names in the field.

“In developing SpineUniverse.com, we wanted a site that could help physicians and the millions of people who suffer back pain,” said SpineUniverse.com Chief Executive Officer Dr. Stewart G. Eidelson. “There are so many sources of medical information on the Internet, some of it valid, some of it not. We wanted to ensure SpineUniverse.com was the one stop at which professionals and patients could find the most reliable information.”

Founded in 1931 as the Harvey Cushing Society, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons is a scientific and educational association with nearly 5,800 members worldwide. The AANS is dedicated to advancing the specialty of neurological surgery in order to provide the highest quality of neurosurgical care to the public. All active members of the AANS are Board-certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery. Neurological surgery is the medical specialty concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of disorders that affect the spinal column, spinal cord, brain, nervous system and peripheral nerves.

Contact: Mary Hightower
Tilson Communications