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Back Pain

NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Clearinghouse

The NCCAM Clearinghouse provides information on complementary and alternative medicine, including publications and searches of Federal databases of scientific and medical literature. The clearinghouse does not provide medical advice, treatment recommendations, or referrals to practitioners. The Clearinghouse is staffed by trained Information Specialists Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. ET.

Review Date: July 13, 2011

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NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine - NCCAM

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is the Federal Government's lead agency for scientific research on the diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine. NCCAM is dedicated to exploring complementary and alternative healing practices in the context of rigorous science, training complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) researchers, and disseminating authoritative information to the public and professionals.

Review Date: August 09, 2011

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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: 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: 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: 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: January 05, 2009

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National Pain Foundation

The National Pain Foundation (NPF), a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, was established in 1998 to advance functional recovery of persons in pain through information, education and support. The goal of NPF is to empower patients by helping them become actively involved in the design of their treatment plan, exploring both traditional and complementary approaches to pain management. The National Pain Foundation provides an easy-to-use source of information and support for pain patients and their families. Through education, materials and programs, the NPF works to erase the stigma associated with pain and pain treatment. The NPF web site and other materials offer information about chronic pain conditions such as arthritis and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) or reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD).

Review Date: September 19, 2011

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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: 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: September 26, 2011

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Scoliosis Association, Inc.

The Scoliosis Association is a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization founded by scoliosis patients and their families. Among its goals is the education of the public about spinal deviations. The Association helps and sponsors chapters throughout the country; these are parent/patient support groups that hold regular meetings on topics ranging from social adjustment to nontechnical medical discussions. The Association is not a medical group, but it frequently arranges for medical professionals to attend meetings and participate in discussion sessions. Anyone can join a chapter. The Association supports early detection, screening, and research.

Review Date: October 17, 2011

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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: August 26, 2008

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