|ONLINE VERSION||APRIL 2001|
|Health & Welfare - BACK PAIN|
|The North American Spine Society has
designated April as Back to Health Month, their annual national
campaign to increase awareness of back pain and its impact on society.
The quick facts about back pain include:
> Eighty percent of all people experience back problems during
"Patients often think that they have only a sprain or strain; however, if their symptoms persist or new problems develop, then there can be underlying conditions. These conditions can include disc disorders, stenosis, sciatica, spondylosis, fractures, deformities and other problems," said Stanley A. Herring, MD, NASS Chairman for Back to Health Month.
To help increase the public's knowledge of back care, eight free spine fact sheets have been created:
Seven Back Pain Warning Signs
Each of these fact sheets may be ordered by sending a stamped, self-addressed, business-size envelope (#10) to the North American Spine Society, 22 Calendar Court, 2nd Floor, La Grange, Illinois 60525. NASS asks that you put the name of the fact sheet you wish to receive on the outside of the envelope; each request must be limited to four fact sheets per order.
For patients who have access to the World Wide Web, the spine fact sheets are available on the NASS Website at www.spine.org. Patients can also use the Website when looking for a spine care specialist in their area. By simply typing in their geographic location or name of the physician, the site produces a list of one or more of the 2,600 NASS members and their specialty, whether it is orthopaedics, neurology, physiatry or other specialty.
NASS is a nonprofit, multidisciplinary, medical organization committed to advancing spine care through education, research and advocacy. NASS is comprised of more than 3,100 members from more than 20 different specialties.