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Patient Resources

The following websites are good sources of information to assist you in understanding your condition and its treatment options.

North American Spine Society (NASS) - www.Spine.org

All About Back and Neck Pain - www.allaboutbackandneckpain.com 

Spine Universe – http://www.spineuniverse.com 

Back.com – http://www.back.com 

Neck Reference – http://www.neckreference.com 

North American Spine Society – Nonprofit organization that seeks to educate both spine care professionals and patients. Has a thorough patient section that includes spine health tips and your rights as a patient.

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons – National center for orthopedic surgeons, which aims to keep practicing physicians up-to-date with the latest clinical and technological developments with Continuing Medical Education Workshops and Journals. This website is a good resource to learn more about the general field of orthopedics and spine surgery.

American Back Society – Nonprofit organization that provides health care professionals a forum to discuss ways of relieving pain and reducing impairment through proper diagnosis and treatment of patients suffering from spinal pathology.

American Academy of Pain Medicine – This is the academic center for physicians in the field of pain medicine. It gives an overview of the specialty and the techniques that pain management specialists frequently utilize.

American Academy of Neurology – An international professional association comprised of more than 18,000 neurologists and neuroscience professionals dedicated to advancing the care of those with neurological disorders.

American Academy of Pain Medicine and Rehabilitation – The National Medical Society representing the physicians in the practice of physical medicine and rehabilitation. It highlights the role of physiatrists and the methodologies they use when treating pain.

American Pain Foundation – Nonprofit patient resource and advocacy group aimed at patients in pain. APF strives to improve the quality of life for people in pain by facilitating the flow of practical information, increasing the understanding of pain, and advocating against barriers of effective treatment. 

International Spine Injection Society – Association of physicians that is interested in developing, implementing, and standardizing injection techniques for the purpose of diagnosing back pain.

National Osteoporosis Foundation – Voluntary health organization dedicated solely to osteoporosis and bone health. The NOF is committed to improving the lives of those with osteoporosis, educating people about prevention, and helping to find a cure. Includes a comprehensive section that helps patients deal with all aspects of the disease.

National Scoliosis Foundation – More information about the disease and its treatments. Has a library of articles that are helpful to understanding everything from the clinical origins of scoliosis to developments in treatment options.

Scoliosis Research Society – Professional organization that focuses on the continuing education of health care professionals and ongoing research on spinal deformities. The website is another resource for learning more about the disease.

Spondylitis Association of America – A good resource for understanding more about the clinical aspect of the disease, how to manage symptoms, and the progress of ongoing research.