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Being a Savvy Consumer, and More on Low Back Pain

Annotation:American Chronic Pain Association - This guide has been developed to help you make sense of some of the choices you have and why they are being recommended. It is also important for you to understand why some tests and treatments are not recommended for you.

Annotation:Arthritis Today, Arthritis Foundation - Provides tips on medical tax deductions, ways to save on drugs, health care costs, and much more.

Annotation:American Pain Foundation - Lists and describes the different kind of health care professionals that may be involved in back pain care.

Annotation:Job Accommodation Network (JAN) - A guide on ways to comply with the American with Disabilities Act in accommodating employees with back impairments. JAN is a service of the US Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy.

Annotation:MedlinePlus, NIH - Comprehensive collections of articles and other web sites covering all aspects of back pain.

Annotation:North American Spine Society - This is the consumer section of the website of the North American Spine Society, a nonprofit, multidisciplinary organization dedicated to spine education, research and advocacy. Includes articles on spinal conditions, treatments, success stories, and back pain prevention.

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:An advocacy and education organization with many resources on chronic pain conditions and treatments, directory of specialists and support groups (none local).

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: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: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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