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Being a Savvy Consumer, and More on Knee and Hip Concerns

Annotation:MedlinePlus, NIH - It’s important for patients facing surgery to be well informed about what they are facing. This is an excellent review of the issues to be discussed with the surgeon.

Annotation:American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) - Directory of orthopaedic surgeons, who are members of AAOS in the US or Canada, and have provided their home address to the association.

Annotation:MoveForward, American Physical Therapy Association - Suggestions on how to make your visit as successful as possible, and hints on what to expect from your first visit.

Annotation:American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) - This page allows you to search a national database of physical therapists, members of the APTA.

Annotation:Founded in 1997, the American Pain Foundation (APF) is an independent nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that serves people affected by pain. APF speaks out for people living with pain, caregivers, health care providers and allied organizations, working together to dismantle the barriers that impede access to quality pain care for all.

Annotation:The Arthritis Foundation is the only national not-for-profit organization that supports the more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions. It provides grants for arthritis research and public health education; it pursues public policy and legislation; and conducting evidence-based programs to improve the quality of life for those living with arthritis. It has local branches around the country, including the Northern California Chapter, headquartered in San Francisco Call them at 800-464-6240 or at

Annotation:American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons - The consumer website of the orthopedists’ professional association contains over 600 articles for the public, as well as the Directory of members.

Annotation:The AOA site is friendly to the general public. It contains health information and information about osteopathic medicine and the osteopathic philosophy with an option to find a DO (Doctor of Osteopathy) in your area. There is information available in Spanish.

Annotation:American Physical Therapy Association - APTA ( is a professional organization representing more than 80,000 member physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students of physical therapy. The consumer portion of their website includes articles on symptoms and conditions, with an interactive body map, a directory of Physical Therapists, a blog and a way to ask questions online.

Annotation:Part of the National Institutes of Health, NIAMS support research into the causes, treatment, and prevention of arthritis and musculoskeletal and skin diseases; the training of basic and clinical scientists to carry out this research; and the dissemination of information on research progress in these diseases. Provides a variety of patient-level information

Annotation:U.S. Food and Drug Administration - Suggestions regarding the safe use of medicines, including questions to ask your doctor, and tips on how to cut medicine costs. Check out the whole section of the FDA website devoted to consumers for other useful articles and resources, including how to report a bad reaction to a medicine, and how to protect yourself from health fraud.

Annotation:SeniorNet and Dr. Terrie Wurzbacher - Doctors and patients can sometimes be on different wavelengths. This article provides practical tips on how to prepare for an effective medical appointment.

Annotation:National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health - Tips for finding reliable health information.

Annotation:Medline Plus - Excellent guidelines for evaluating web resources for the consumer.


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