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Websites and Relevant Research - Back Pain
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
North American Spine Society (NASS)
American Chiropractic Association
American Osteopathic Association
Research and Relevant Studies
Some of the previous research on alternative therapies and back pain:
Shoes and Back Pain
Inversion Therapy and Back Pain
Your Mattress and Back Pain
Some of the current research being done on people who suffer from back pain:
Evaluating the nervous system mechanisms of low back pain: Scientists think that when a disc ruptures, material leaking from its jelly-like filling leads to inflammation and the release of chemicals that irritate cells within the spinal canal. Scientists believe that the effects of these chemicals on the nerve endings in discs and adjacent tissue lead to low back pain, while the effects on dorsal nerve roots lead to sciatica. One study will test these ideas using a variety of techniques. A better understanding of pain mechanisms related to herniated discs will allow researchers to develop better treatments.
Evaluating an Internet-based patient education program: Patient education can play an important role in managing back pain. Yet taking part in an educational program can be difficult and time-consuming for some people, particularly if they live far from an area where such a program is offered. A study, conducted with patients recruited from Silicon Valley employers and the Internet, will test the effectiveness of an Internet-based education program. Participants will receive a book and videotape, and they will interact with other program participants through a moderated Internet discussion group. Patient assessments will also be conducted through the Internet.
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