SpineUniverse and the Cleveland Clinic to Provide Relief to Back Pain Sufferers

Tue, 01/21/2003

BOCA RATON, Fla - (January 21, 2003) SpineUniverse.com and the Cleveland Clinic today announced a strategic alliance in which the two groups will work together to educate patients and physicians about the latest advances in managing low back pain and treating spine disorders.

The new educational content will be available at www.spineuniverse.com with links to additional information on the Clinic’s website at www.clevelandclinic.org. Articles will be available through both the patient and professional areas of the SpineUniverse site. Topics will include information on a broad range of spinal disorders, including low back pain, neck pain, chronic pain and the aging spine.

The overall goal is to form a partnership that will allow for trustworthy information to education both patients and physicians about spine disorders and the treatment and techniques available today.

“Our overall goal is to form a relationship that will help to provide both patients and physicians with accurate and up-to-date information about spine disorders and the treatment and techniques available to treat them,” 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 people could find the most reliable information. Collaborating with The Cleveland Clinic helps us to fulfill this mission.”

About SpineUniverse
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" information provider by About.com and Yahoo.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.

About Cleveland Clinic
The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, founded in 1921, integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education in a private, not-for-profit group practice. U.S. News & World Report currently ranks the Clinic as the nation’s third best hospital. The Clinic’s spine care departments — orthopaedics, rheumatology, and neurology and neurosurgery — all are ranked among the nation’s Top 5 best. Approximately 1,100 full-time salaried physicians at The Cleveland Clinic and Cleveland Clinic Florida represent more than 100 medical specialties and subspecialties. In 2001, there were more than 2.25 million outpatient visits to The Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 80 countries. There were nearly 52,000 hospital admissions to The Cleveland Clinic in 2001.