The Smart Patient's Guide to
Chronic Pain Management

50 Great Resources, Plus 15 for Veterans, to Help You Live Better with Chronic Pain

From A to U, here are 50 organizations you can go to for information, help and resources to help you manage the challenges of living with chronic pain. (For an overview of chronic pain conditions and stories of patients living with them, click here.)

 

1.      Alliance for Balanced Pain Management

www.alliancebpm.org

This alliance calls for greater understanding and access to balanced pain management, and disseminates the latest news on managing pain.

2.      American Academy of Medical Acupuncture

http://www.medicalacupuncture.org/

The American Academy of Medical Acupuncture is the professional society of physicians who have incorporated acupuncture into their traditional medical practices. Explore this site to learn more about acupuncture and to find out if it would be beneficial for your condition.

3.      American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons

www.orthoinfo.org

Visit this site for a vast array of information on injuries and diseases of your body’s musculoskeletal system—how they are treated, as well as how they can be prevented.

4.      American Academy of Pain Medicine

www.painmed.org

This organization represents doctors in the field of pain medicine. The website also has a patient education center and doctor locator.

5.      American Cancer Society

www.cancer.org

From basic information about cancer and its causes to in-depth information on specific cancer types— including risk factors, early detection, diagnosis, and treatment options—you'll find it on this site.

6.      American Chiropractic Association

www/theacatoday.org

This site offers a wealth of patient information, health and wellness tips, research, findings and statistics. You can also search for a chiropractor in your area by city, state, and zip code.

7.      American Chronic Pain Association

          www.theacpa.org

Geat resources, including videos, on this pain-patient oriented website that also has information on various pain conditions, pain management for each and drug and nondrug therapies. Website also has a comprehensive listing of local support groups and information for Veterans.The website also has information about transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), which can interrupt the tranmission of pain messages to the brain and help in the treatment of certain chronic pain problems.

8.  American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

www.acog.org

ACOG’s patient page offers information you can trust from the leading experts in women’s health care. View fact sheets and extensive frequently asked questions on everything from contraception, to labor, postpartum care, and hysterectomies. You'll also find information on pelvic pain and other gynecological conditions here.

9.  American College of Rheumatology

www.rheumatology.org

This professional organization of physicians, other health professionals, and scientists engages in education, research and advocacy to improve the care of people with arthritis and other rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases. The website has many useful fact sheets for patients.

10.  American Lyme Disease Federation

www.aldf.com

A useful resource for patients seeking education on Lyme disease. The website explains symptoms, treatment and dispells misinformation, and also includes useful quizzes and a tool to help you find physicians to treat the problem.

11.  American Massage Therapy Association

www.amtamassage.org

The professional association for massage therapists offers a therapist locator service and access to the latest research on the health benefits of massage therapy.

12.  American Migraine Foundation (AMF)

www.americanmigrainefoundation.org

AMF is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of research and awareness surrounding migraine headaches. Its mission is to mobilize a community for patient support and provide a wealth of up to date information on living with and treating migraines.

13.  American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society

www.aofas.org/footcaremd

The official patient education site of the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society, FootCareMD, is designed as a powerful education resource to learn about your foot condition and treatments, as well as aiding informed decisions about foot care health.

14.  American Physical Therapy Association

www.apta.org

This site offers a vast array of information on preventing and treating pain conditions, and maintaining good posture throughout life. The website can also help you locate physical therapists near you.

15.  American RSDHope

www.rsdhope.org

RSDHope offers masses of information on complex regional pain syndrome (also known CRPS), including treatment options, advice for loved ones and tips on coping.

16.  American Sickle Cell Anemia Association

www.ascaa.org

This nonprofit organization provides a wide range of services to those individuals and families with either sickle cell trait or variants of the disease itself, including diagnostic testing and counseling.

17.  American Sleep Association

www.sleepassociation.org

The primary mission of this organization is to improve public health by increasing awareness of the importance of sleep and the dangers of sleep disorders. The American Sleep Association provides various self-help strategies for treating insomnia, a common side effect of chronic pain.

18.  American Society of Acupuncturists

http://www.asacu.org

Visit the American Society of Acupuncturists to find a practitioner in your state and learn about how acupuncture could help your condition.

19.  American Tai Chi and Qi Gong Association

The ATCQA is a great resource for patients looking to learn about the benefits of tai chi and qi gong in pain management for conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, mental illness, and so on.

20.  Arthritis Foundation

www.arthritis.org

This nonprofit organization produces research updates, a bimonthly magazine called Arthritis Today, and more than 100 consumer publications. Its website has comprehensive information for patients suffering with arthritis.

21.  Biofeedback Certification International Alliance

www.bcia.org

In additional to fostering the certification of biofeedback practitioners, the website has a search engine to help you access practitioners with various specialties.

22.  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

www.cdc.gov

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a useful resource for arthritis and cancer patients. The website offers scientifically accurate information in a variety of formats, including: videos, podcasts, printed publications, and blogs.

23.  Chronic Pain Research Alliance

www.chronicpainresearch.org

The Chronic Pain Research Alliance promotes high quality research on chronic overlapping pain conditions, discusses treatment effectiveness, and publishes Cutting Edge, an electronic newsletter developed to keep the medical-scientific community abreast of research advances.

24.  Endometriosis Foundation of America

www.endofound.org

This organization provides disease information and support for those suffering with endometriosis. With frequently asked questions, advice on finding the right endometriosis specialist, and research participation opportunities, the Endometriosis Foundation of America informs both the medical community and the public.

25. Families for Intractable Pain Relief (FIPR)

www.foresttennant.com

An advocacy group for pain patients and their families founded by pain specialist Forest Tennant, MD, DrPh and one of his patients. FIPR seeks to educate and empower pain patients to take an active role in obtaining pain relief in order to enjoy a good quality of life. The website has chronic pain research updates and helpful information for patients including "The Intractable Pain Patient's Guide to Pain Free Hours and Low Pain Days" written by Dr. Tennant.

26.  Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy

www.foundationforpn.org

If you suffer from painful neuropathy, this website can help you find neuropathy support group near you. It also has information on complementary and integrative therapies, and an extensive directory of neurologists.

27.  International Association of Yoga Therapists

www.iayt.org

IAYT supports research and education in yoga and serves as a professional organization for yoga teachers and yoga therapists worldwide. The organization aims to establish yoga as a recognized and respected therapy. Visit this site for find out more about yoga therapy and how to find the right program for you.

28.  International Pain Foundation (iPain)

www.powerofpain.org

iPain provides services that address needs of chronic pain patients with conditions such as RSD/CRPS, post cancer pain, fibromyalgia, diabetic neuropathy, lyme, lupus, and more. Not only does the website provide comprehensive learning resources from healthcare professionals through articles and webinars, but it also has a social network and organizes events for pain patients.

29.  International Osteoporosis Foundation

www.iofbonehealth.org

The International Osteoporosis Foundation provides information on osteoporosis, osteoarthritis and sarcopenia.

30.  Lupus Foundation of America

www.lupus.org

This organization implements programs of research, education and advocacy in order to help solve the mystery of lupus. Visit the website for research news and to search for a local chapter near you.

31.  Lyme Disease Association

www.lymediseaseassociation.org

This organization is dedicated to Lyme disease education, prevention, research funding and patient support. The Lyme Disease Association website has many resources for patients, including support links, prescription and medical bill assistance, and a doctor referral database.

32. Narconon

www.narconon.org

http://www.narconon.org/drug-rehab/how-to-help-with-opiate-addiction.html

Concerned that you or a loved one may be addicted to opioids? You can learn more about the signs and symptoms of addiction and find help for long-term success. Established more than 50 years ago, Narconon uses an evidence-based, drug-free approach to rehabilitation.

33. National Breast Cancer Association

www.nationalbreastcancer.org

The National Breast Cancer Association continues to grow every year to help more and more women around the world by educating them about breast cancer and providing free mammograms to women in need. Visit this website for information on early detection, common myths, and access to educational resources and fundraising toolkits.

34.  National Cancer Institute

www.cancer.gov

The organization has extensive information on all types of cancers. It disseminates information on causes and prevention, coping, screening, managing cancer care and much more.

35.  National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

www.nccih.nih.gov

This government agency disseminates a wealth of science-based information on the safety and efficacy of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) techniques.

36.  National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

www.nccaom.org

Use this site to search for acupuncture professionals by region.

37.   National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association

www.fmcpaware.org

This organization promotes scientific research on various pain conditions and provides information for those suffering with them. The website features contacts for support groups and frequently asked questions.

38.  National Headache Foundation

www.headaches.org

This foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of people suffering from headaches. The website has useful resources for managing headaches, as well as a personalized, interactive tool to guide you to pain relief.

39.  National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

www.ninds.nih.gov

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has extensive information for patients and caregivers. NINDS Fact Sheets provide an overview of a variety of disorders, including common symptoms, methods of diagnosis, and available therapies.

40.  National Lymphedema Network

www.lymphnet.org

The National Lymphedema Network is a great resource for patients suffering with lymphedema. Visit this website for information and research, answers to your questions, help finding the best treatment, and connect to others in the community.

41.  National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)

www.rarediseases.org

NORD is a nonprofit patient advocacy organization dedicated to the individuals with rare diseases and the organizations that serve them. NORD and its more than 260 pateint organization members, is committed to the identification, treatment and cure of rare disorders through education, advocacy, research and patient services.

42.  National Pain Foundation

www.thenationalpainfoundation.org

The National Pain Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to transform the way pain is understood, assessed and treated. Visit this website for advice on managing different types of pain and information on new studies.

43.  National Vulvodynia Association

www.nva.org

The National Vulvodynia Association provides many useful resources for women suffering with vulvodynia including: online patient tutorials, health care provider lists, support services, self-help tips, and patient stories.

44.  Neurological Disorders and Pain

www.my.clevelandclinic.org

Learn more about managing pain from neurological disorders. The Cleveland Clinic has resources, information and hosts a community board where patients with chronic pain from neurological disorders can exchange information.

45. Osteoporosis Foundation

www.nof.org

This organization is committed to preventing osteoporosis and promoting awareness about bone health. The website features a wealth of information for patients relating to diagnosis, fractures and fall prevention, and community support groups.

46. Pain News Network

www.painnewsnetwork.org

Pain News Network is a non-profit online news service that provides in-depth coverage about chronic pain and pain management. The group's mission is to raise awareness about chronic pain, and to connect and educate pain sufferers, caregivers, healthcare providers and the public about the pain experience.

47.  Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association

www.rsds.org

For those living with CRPS/RSD. The RSDSA is a great resource for information on what to do after diagnosis, how to cope, and current research.

48. Stanford Pain Management Centerat Stanford University Medical Center

www.med.stanford.edu/pain.html

The Stanford Pain Management Center, a leading pain treatment center, has resources, information and videos for people living with chronic pain.

49.  Stupid Cancer Association

www.stupidcancer.org

The Stupid Cancer Association serves as a bullhorn for the young adult cancer movement. The website features information on insurance, coping, regional support groups and much more.

50.  US Pain Foundation

www.uspainfoundation.org

The mission of the U.S. Pain Foundation is to educate, connect, inform and empower those living with pain. As a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving those who live with pain conditions, the US Pain Foundation helps individuals find resources and inspiration.

JUST FOR MILITARY VETERANS
 

51. All American Alternatives
allamericanalternatives.org

Combating stress by connecting veterans to alternative medical providers in an effort to reduce the risks of becoming dangerously over medicated.

52. Catch a Lift
catchaliftfund.org

Through granted fitness programs nationwide, Catch A Lift is mentally and physically healing veterans one by one.The group's mission is from pain to purpose.

53. Cohen Veterans Network
cohenveteransnetwork.org

Connecting veterans and thier families to high-quality mental health care.

54. The COMMIT Foundation
commitfoundation.org
Helping veterans transition from military life to civilian careers.

55. Defense & Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Medicine
DVCIPM.org

Innovative pain treatments, research and policy initiatives to improve the management of pain in military and civilian medicine.

56. Department of Defense, Patient Safety
health.mil/dodpatientsafety.aspx

The official website of the military health system. Resources for creating a culture of patient safety and quality.

57. MOVE! Weight Management Program
move.va.gov

MOVE! is a weight management, health promotion program designed to improve the lives of Veterans. Easy to follow programs based on the most up-to-date nutrion science, MOVE!'s ideas encourage healthy eating, more physical activity and weight loss.

58. National Center for PTSD
ptsd.va.gov

A division of the Department of Veterans Affairs, the National Center for PTSD is dedicated to research and education on trauma and PTSD. The focus of the organization is on the most current research to help those exposed to trauma.

59. Operation Warrior Shield
operationwarriorshield.com

Comprehensive support programs focused on transition, health and wellness, employment, prevention of homelessness, peer engagement, and connections to community resources.

60. Operation We Are Here
operationwearehere

Resources for supporters of veterans and military families

61. Save A Warrier
saveawarrior.org

Support and assistance with PTSD-related issues.

62. Special Operations Warrior Foundation
specialops.org

College scholarships for the surviving children of fallen Special Operations Forces and financial grants for those severely wounded service members.

63. Stop Soldier Suicide
http://stopsoldiersuicide.org/

Empowers military families  and the community by providing free resources and support to soldiers past and present. Organization can anticipate and mitigate suicide risk factors and help meet the complex needs of the military community. Organization promotes resiliency, inspires hope, and encourages healing and personal growth.

64. Swords to Plowshares
www.swords-to-plowshares.org

Established in 1974 to heal the wounds of war, restore dignity, hope, and self-sufficiency to all veterans in need, and to prevent and end homelessness and poverty among veterans.

65. Team Red, White & Blue
www.teamrwb.org

Connecting veterans through their community through physical and social activity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Updated on: 11/27/17
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