The National Spine Health Foundation (NSHF) announces the launch of its newly designed website in support of its mission of empowering patients with knowledge and hope.

The website features stories of Spinal Champions, people whose lives have been improved by treatments, as well as Spine-Talks, a consumer education platform that brings the voices of national experts together on topics such as physical therapy, wellness, minimally invasive surgery, regenerative medicine, and other non-operative treatments.

While visiting the website, patients can easily make online donations, create their own fundraiser, and register to attend events, according to the Spine Health Foundation in a media release.

“Our website creates an unbiased and honest one-stop shop for information on spine health. If you’ve been told you need to have neck or back surgery, we are the place you can turn to for truthful answers,” says Dr Rita Roy, CEO of the Spine Health Foundation.

“Increasingly, doctors have limited time to spend with patients. It is really helpful to have a trusted, independent foundation that I can direct patients to when they have more questions than I have time to answer,” notes Dr Tom Schuler, spine surgeon and President of Spine Health Foundation Board.

“In the past, patients were not the deciders of their spine health treatment, but with an increasingly internet-savvy population of digital natives and a demand for consumer marketing, they want to drive their treatment in a shared decision-making model. There has not been an unbiased non-profit dedicated to patient advocacy until now,” Roy adds.

[Source(s): National Spine Health Foundation, PR Newswire]