The North American Spine Society (NASS) has a patient education Web site http://KnowYourBack.org. This Web site includes information on the cause, treatment, and prevention of neck and back problems. This information includes references and brochures to help patients make health decisions. NASS promotes education, research, and advocacy for spine care. NASS members include spine care professionals such as orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, neurologists, physical therapists, and researchers.
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
6300 North River Road
1-800-346-AAOS (1-800-346-2267) (847) 823-7186
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
provides information and education to raise the public's awareness of
musculoskeletal conditions, with an emphasis on preventive measures. The AAOS
website contains information on orthopedic conditions and treatments, injury
prevention, and wellness and exercise.
American Academy of Physical Medicine and
330 North Wabash Avenue
The American Academy of Physical Medicine and
Rehabilitation (AAPMR) is the medical society for the specialty of physical
medicine and rehabilitation. The Web site includes a directory of member
PM&R physicians (physiatrists) that can be searched by last name, location,
or telephone number.
National Pain Foundation
300 East Hampden Avenue
Through information, education, and support, the
National Pain Foundation (NPF) promotes the recovery of persons in pain. The
NPF Web site provides information and resources in an interactive way that
encourages patients to take an active role in managing their chronic pain. The
My Pain section of the Web site includes a Personal Inventory section to help
pain patients identify the information they need to manage their pain. The NPF
has information about pain conditions such as arthritis, back and neck pain,
and cancer pain. The NPF addresses the many approaches to pain management, such
as medicines, injections, surgery, acupuncture, biofeedback, chiropractic, and
physical therapy. The NPF also provides support for the special needs of
children in pain and information about psychological factors related to pain.
The Web site also provides information on clinical trials that are studying
pain management and treatment.