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General Spine

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
This site hosts an excellent informational section for the public. Visit the Patient Information section and double click on "Patient/Public Education" for various orthopedic topics. Refine your search by clicking on the small icon of the spine. This will take you to a list of fact sheets, brochures, and booklets about the spine. You can also use this web site to locate a surgeon.

Scoliosis Research Society
Refer to the section on patient information. Along with the meeting and membership information for society participants, there is an extensive glossary of spine terms. View the "Library" section for information on clinical assessment, imaging, and the causes and treatment of congenital and neuromuscular scoliosis, idiopathic scoliosis, adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, and kyphosis.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Public Information: Lift it Safe
This is a straightforward and easy-to-read list of principles for safe lifting. Caregivers who assist bed-bound individuals are given helpful hints, though the ideas can be applied to many other lifting situations. Learn how to move safely during your activities. You can also check the list of potential risk factors to see if you are at risk for future spine problems.

Ankylosing Spondylitis

Spondylitis Association of America
This site is provided by the SAA, a national nonprofit volunteer organization. Get up-to-date answers to science and research questions in the section on "Research." Or post and view messages on the public message board. The "Publications" section provides helpful videos, audiotapes, and written materials.

National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society
Find answers to 24 commonly asked questions about AS. This site offers practical suggestions and information to make your situation more bearable. You can develop an exercise routine by choosing from among 13 clearly described and illustrated exercises. You can even download the site as a Guide Book to give to family members, colleagues, and friends.


American Association of Neurolgical Surgeons and Congress of Neurosurgeons
Founded in 1931 as the Harvey Cushing Society, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) is a scientific and educational association with over 6,500 members worldwide. The AANS is dedicated to advancing the specialty of neurological surgery in order to provide the highest quality of neurosurgical care to the public. All Active members of the AANS are board certified by the American Board of Neurosurgery, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, or the Mexican Council of Neurological Surgery, A.C. Neurosurgery is the medical specialty concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of disorders that affect the spinal column, spinal cord, brain, nervous system and peripheral nerves.

North American Spine Society
NASS is a multidisciplinary medical organization that advances quality spine care through education, research and advocacy


National Osteoporosis Foundation
The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) is a nonprofit, voluntary health organization. Visit their site for up-to-date information provided in the "News and Events" pages. After viewing the section on "Prevention," visit the on-line store for additional brochures and flyers. The "Patient Info" section is full of practical information including how to start a support group or to join an existing group. This is a good starting point when beginning your search on osteoporosis information, research, and advocacy.

National Institutes of Health: Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases
This site provides resources and information on related metabolic bone diseases, including osteoporosis, Paget's disease, osteogenesis imperfecta, and hyperparathryroidism. You can locate various topics of interest on bone health in "Fact Sheets." In the "Osteoporosis" section, start with an overview by reading "Fast Facts on Osteoporosis." Then choose from a number of specific topics relating to osteoporosis. The archived newsletters have articles about preventing falls, exercise, nutrition, and even a guideline used by doctors. If you need more information, you can also use key words to search the site.

International Osteoporosis Foundation
Keep current on osteoporosis events around the globe. Download the newsletter "Osteoporosis Action" for updated information on osteoporosis. Membership information is available, as are links to other osteoporosis-related sites.



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