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Back Pain

NIH National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Information Clearinghouse

The clearinghouse provides information about various forms of arthritis and rheumatic disease and bone, muscle, and skin diseases in English, Spanish and Chinese. It distributes patient and professional education materials and refers people to other sources of information.

Review Date: Wednesday, July 20, 2011

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American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) is the world's largest medical association of musculoskeletal specialists, concerned with the diagnosis, care, and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. The AAOS provides continuing education and practice management services for orthopaedic surgeons and allied health professionals. The Academy tracks socioeconomic and legislative measures affecting the quality, availability, and utilization of orthopaedic health care; and represents the interests of its members and their patients to government agencies. Services to the general public include public education programs addressing issues ranging from the effectiveness of safety belts to the prevention of lower back pain.

Review Date: Thursday, November 03, 2011

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American Chiropractic Association

The ACA is a professional organization representing Doctors of Chiropractic. Its mission is to preserve, protect, improve and promote the chiropractic profession and the services of Doctors of Chiropractic for the benefit of patients they serve. The purpose of the ACA is to provide leadership in health care and a positive vision for the chiropractic profession and its natural approach to health and wellness. On behalf of the chiropractic profession, the ACA accomplishes its mission and purpose by affecting public policy and legislation, by promoting high standards in professional ethics and quality of treatment and by carrying out a dynamic strategic plan to help ensure the professional growth and success of Doctors of Chiropractic.

Review Date: Thursday, January 12, 2012

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American Syringomyelia & Chiari Alliance Project, Inc.

The American Syringomyelia Alliance Project Inc. (ASAP), is a national nonprofit organization founded in 1988. Its main goals are to be a support network and information clearinghouse for people who have syringomyelia, a rare spinal cord disorder, a source of information and support for Chiari Malformations, and to support future research. ASAP is also working towards coordinating the efforts of organizations in the U.S. working to improve the lives of those challenged by Syringomyelia or Chiari Malformations; increase public awareness of the existence of the disorders and the associated devastation; secure a uniform, national Medicare policy providing coverage for current and future treatments of the disorders; inform sufferers of the latest efforts of doctors who are treating the disorders; and urge research efforts to find all causes, to develop new treatments, and to improve existing treatments.

Review Date: Monday, October 05, 2015

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National Scoliosis Foundation

The National Scoliosis Foundation was founded in 1976 to heighten awareness of and stimulate action for scoliosis (lateral curvature of the spine) and other spinal deformities, including kyphosis (round back). It acts as a clearinghouse for information and materials about scoliosis and kyphosis. It also creates and promotes screening programs and carries on an educational program to promote public awareness of scoliosis.

Review Date: Friday, November 21, 2008

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North American Spine Society

The North American Spine Society (NASS) is a multidisciplinary organization for health care providers that advances quality spine care through education, research and advocacy.

Review Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015

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Scoliosis Research Society

The Scoliosis Research Society, founded in 1966, provides an international forum for those interested in the management of scoliosis and other spinal deformities. It holds a yearly meeting at which health professionals meet to share observations and results and to explore new avenues of research.

Review Date: Monday, October 05, 2015

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