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The American Medical Association
http://www.ama-assn.org/
 
AMA Unveils Electronic Prescribing Online Learning Center
http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/news/news/ama-unveils-electronic.page
 
Web MD
http://www.webmd.com/
 
The American Chronic Pain Association
http://www.theacpa.org/default.aspx
 
National Fibromyalgia Association
http://www.fmaware.org
 
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Association
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) http://rsds.org
 
American Cancer Society
http://www.cancer.org/docroot/home/index.asp
 
American Pain Foundation
http://www.painfoundation.org/
 
Department of Health and Human Services - Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
http://www.ahrq.gov/
 
Spine Health
http://www.spine-health.com/
 
The Burton Report - Smoking and the Spine
http://www.burtonreport.com/InfSpine/Smoking.htm
 
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or acute stress http://www.emdr.com/
 
American Fitness Professionals and Associates (nutrition)
http://www.afpafitness.com/research-articles/healthy-eating-for-healthy-joints
 
The Arthritis and Glucosamine Information Center
http://www.glucosamine-arthritis.org/
 
TriVita - Wellness, Nutrition and Supplement Information
http://www.trivita.com/us-en/default.aspx
 
ALCiS - OTC Topical Anti-inflammatory
http://orders.alcis.com
 
Reunion. Natural, topical pain relief
www.ReunionPN.com/PRMD
 
Nature Made (Supplements)
http://www.naturemade.com
 
Posit Science Brain Fitness & Brain Training
www.positscience.com
 
Coaching / Psychotherapy
 
Take Courage Coaching
www.takecouragecoaching.com
 
Mindfulness Link:
mindfulnessprograms.com
 
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
 
NSAID's, such as Celebrex, Motrin, Naprosyn, Indocin, Mobic, etc., are often prescribed and more often used as over-the-counter (OTC - Aleve & Advil) treatment of many painful conditions. This site helps understand what these drugs are:http://www.medicinenet.com/nonsteroidal_antiinflammatory_drugs/article.htm
 
WebMD also has great information - http://arthritis.webmd.com/features/pain-relief-how-nsaids-work
 
NSAIDs as with many medications have side effects. This website helps in understanding the risks and issues related to use of these commonly used medications from the gastrointestinal perspective. www.connecttoprotect.com
 
While bleeding in the gut can be a big problem secondary to NSAID use, other problems can occur. The Food & Drug Administration published a paper regarding these. http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm089822.pdf
 
Exercise Places
 
Many people feel that they have little access to appropriate places to exercise. The YMCAs have good, inexpensive alternatives. To find the nearest one use this link, www.ymca.net.
 
The communities typically also have good locations. The Santa Clara Senior Center website is http://santaclaraca.gov/index.aspx?page=243
 
The city of San Jose has many different community centers all of which can be viewed on http://www.sanjoseca.gov/index.aspx?nid=3058 and http://www.sanjoseca.gov/index.aspx?nid=4205
 
Morgan Hill community centers information is found at http://www.morganhill.ca.gov/index.aspx?nid=243
 
Mountain View Senior Centers is available at http://www.mountainview.gov/depts/cs/rec/senior/default.asp
 
Mountain View Pools is available at http://www.mountainview.gov/depts/cs/rec/aquatics/lochour.asp
 
The town of Los Gatos information may be located at http://www.lgsrecreation.org/Pages/55+.html Cupertino has resources as well http://www.cupertino.org/index.aspx?page=197
 
Walking
 
If going to a center or club for exercise does not interest you, think about using the tried a true means of walking for exercise. http://www.thewalkingsite.com/ is one site with great information regarding starting and maintaining a walking program. The MedicineNet site also has good information http://www.medicinenet.com/walking/article.htm
 
The Mayo Clinic is known world wide; their website has information about walking as well at http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/walking/hq01612
 
Lots of people have seen Prevention Magazine. Did you know they have a website?  Here’s information about walking on their website http://www.prevention.com/health/fitness/walking Thomas Jefferson is quoted as saying, Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far. Good advice!
 
Exercise for Recovery
 
Actually there are lots of good ways to get exercise. The folks at http://www.sparkpeople.com/ have some help with getting started. I see many people and hear about doctors telling patients to 'take it easy' or 'don't over do it' or even 'rest and limit your activity.' From my experience this is not helpful. To recovery from any injury, especially trying to recover from or overcome chronic pain, routine and regular exercise is vital, that is, 'concerned with or necessary for the maintenance of life.' Consider this example from the sports page of the San Jose Mercury News last year concerning the recovery of SJ Shark Jeremy Roenick "The day after surgery, Roenick already was skating as he tried to speed up the recovery process for injury that he was told often can take four months to heal."
 
At times we need one-on-one help with getting into the exercise mode. This is the primary goal of any physical therapy consultation. Most good PTs will be more focused on having you understand that an independent exercise program is the goal of your time with them. The therapists I use will focus on this and will not spend lots of time on passive treatment, such as heat, massage, electrical stimulation and the like.
 
I like the National Center on Physical Activity and Disability website http://www.ncpad.org/. Their focus is on increasing activity. I quote from their site: Being physically active is good for every body. That's a message you will find many times on this site. Being active is an important part of getting and staying healthy.
 
Qigong
 
Energy work or energy expertise is qigong. This is an ancient Chinese exercise. It's easy to start and allows for increasing intensity over time. The Qigong Institute website opens a doorway to lots of information about this exercise.
 
http://www.qigonginstitute.org/main_page/main_page.php
 
A Los Gatos contact for qigong is http://www.pacifichealingarts.com/ . The DVDs have been highlighted on PBS television. To purchase these go to http://www.exercisetoheal.com/ . For most patients either Qigong for Seniors or Qigong Flow for Beginners are the best places to start.
 
Tai Chi
 
Another ancient Chinese exercise is tai chi. Those seniors who practiced tai chi routinely had better core strength and better balance. They fell less and had less hip fractures. Practicing tai chi helps relieve stress and may even lead to use of less medication for many different conditions. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has information about this exercise and its benefits.
 
http://nccam.nih.gov/health/taichi/ The Mayo Clinic has information about tai chi and its benefits at http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/tai-chi/sa00087
 
The Mayo Clinic site includes: You may also find tai chi appealing because it's inexpensive, requires no special equipment and can be done indoors or out, either alone or in a group A Family Practice physician is highlighted on a web site promoting tai chi chuan for those with arthritis at http://www.taichiforarthritis.com/
 
A nice illustration of Tai Chi is on YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBvF6r6DOvc
 
Other Tai Chi sources:
Gilman Studio at: www.gilmanstudio.com
 
Tai Chi and Qigong Videos: tai-chi-videos.com
 
Pilates
 
http://www.pilates.com
 
http://pilates.about.com
 
Sleep
 
WebMD has information about different types of problems with sleep. http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/guide/sleep-disorders-treatment-care.
 
You may need to see a sleep specialist. The Mayo Clinic information on-line regarding sleep difficulty and treatment without medication is helpful - http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/insomnia-treatment/sl00013.
 
Hypnosis
 
Hypnosis Network
http://www.hypnosisnetwork.com
 
On Line Pharmacy Help
 
Pharmahelper is a way to research medications and find an on-line pharmacy. It also allows you to research different treatments for certain medical conditions.
 
www.pharmahelper.com/?gclid=CMuG4O3S-KECFQQxiQod8CjDEQ
 
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