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

Annotation:Arthritis Foundation - Learn how your doctor uses lab tests to find the best treatment for you.

Annotation:Arthritis Foundation - Use the listed quality measurements to work with your doctor to find and sustain the best treatment for your disease.

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

Annotation:National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), National Institutes of Health - Descriptions of various types of health care providers and their roles in the treatment of osteoarthritis.

Annotation:Arthritis Foundation - Warnings for unethical or incompetent behaviors from complementary health care practitioners.

Annotation:National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), National Institutes of Health - A list of clearinghouses and information providers that can provide additional support and information, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services - The search provides a list of organizations offering information and resources on arthritis.

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

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 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: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: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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