Back Pain Resources: Institutes and Foundations
Right now, if you are currently suffering from moderate to severe acute back pain, you may feel alone, and like you are the only person in the world feeling the way you do now. Back pain as a chronic problem is not a condition in its own, but a symptom of disease. Back pain as an acute pain may be the result of an accident or injury that you are well aware of, or it may appear to come on with no reason at all. Not all people with back pain have it as the result of a car crash or construction accident. Some just seem to have pain for no reason at all. With a condition such as the flu or a broken leg, your friends and co-workers may better be able to understand and sympathize with what you are going through, because it is something they have gone through themselves and can understand. And most people have had back pain, as a result of a minor pull or strain that lasted from days to a week.
Chronic back pain, on the other hand, is less common, and may cause pain and discomfort in a way that only you can understand. Often, your own doctor will not be able to understand your chronic back pain any more than your friends do. Often, people continue to have pain and discomfort despite the fact their X-Rays and MRIs show up negative, in terms of obvious pathology on the medical images. Doctors may prescribe medications for pain, despite the fact that they don't know what the type of pain or source of pain is. Physical therapy is often a sensible treatment program for virtually any cause of back pain, because it involves the strengthening of the muscles that support and move the back from the front, back, and side of the spine. Physical therapy often does produce successful results, even when the main pain generator (physical source of pain) is never found.
Some people benefit from the diagnoses and treatments provided to them by their doctors and/or chiropractors. Some patients continue to experience back pain symptoms despite the best efforts of their healthcare practitioners. Some patients want to be proactive in researching their available options before consenting to one or more forms of treatment. For more information and services, there are back pain resources such as institutes and foundations available to patients. These institutes and foundations often have print materials that are readily available, as well as the same information posted on their websites. Here are some of these organizations.
- National Institutes of Health NIH, at www.nih.gov. The National Institutes of Health is a government organization that is responsible for biomedical and health-related research. This huge government allocates its resources in research determining the nature of diseases and the possible treatments available. When treatments for various diseases become available or ready for testing, the NIH conducts studies to determine the safety and effectiveness of these treatments.
- www.webmd.com: WebMD is a non-governmental organization with an online publication of medical diseases, as well as the symptoms, diagnostic tests available to confirm them, prognosis, and available treatments.
- Food and Drug Administration (FDA): The FDA evaluates the safety of the drugs and other treatments used for the treatment of disease in the United States. Generally, the FDA does not regulate herbal and nutritional supplements available online and at holistic health stores.