In the United States and other developed countries, we understand that back pain can be devastating. This is true even for people with access to top notch medical care.
But for people with severe back pain conditions in a country with little to no medical care, the situation is dire .
Not only do we pause to consider the physical and emotional pain that individuals must feel, but it's also important to consider the ramifications of the disability on the individual, his family, and his community, recognizing that the ability to work can mean the difference between life and death.
An Enormous Need
This is a devastating reality billions of people in the developing world face where there is NO effective spinal care available. According to the World Health Organization, musculoskeletal conditions are the leading cause of long term disability worldwide.
Spinal disorders represent the vast majority of these conditions in the developing world. Patients suffer with enormous pain, often with only a naproxen to help ease their suffering. Due to the immense pain and dysfunction, many patients become entirely disabled.
World Spine Care's Response
In 2008, an international leader in the assessment and treatment of spinal disorders, Dr. Scott Haldeman, decided to help. Dr. Haldeman already actively supports worldwide access to quality patient education by serving on the Medical Advisory Board of Spine-health.com, an award winning online patient education publisher.
Dr. Haldeman garnered the initial support of foundations and corporations and in 2010, World Spine Care was officially launched with the vision to bring effective spinal care to communities in need worldwide.
Flagship and Current Projects
World Spine Care's flagship project is in the village of Shoshong, Botswana. At the site, they are combining primary professional care with outreach and education to build a sustainable spine treatment facility in the village. The current focus is to maximize patient care by training locals in conjunction with international volunteers to effectively address the disabling conditions associated with spine disease.
The organization will use this initial project to recognize the most effective practices to be used in future projects. World Spine Care recently opened a spine health clinic in partnership with the Ranthambhore Sevika Hospital, in the town of Sawai Madhopur, India.
Growth and Future Plans
As World Spine Care expands, they will pursue multiple projects simultaneously. Several additional projects are in preliminary development. The organization seeks help from spine health professionals and corporations in order to continue their important work. Spine-health is proud to do our part to support this worthy cause. From November 20, 2012 through January 1, 2013, parent company Veritas Health will donate $1 for every new "Like" on its Facebook Spine-health page. To support these life changing endeavors and to learn more about the program like our Facebook page and please visit the World Spine Care website: