Where to get reliable medical information online: Everyone knows about WebMD, but what about lesser known sites? Is the information proffered there as reliable or even true? Some of your best bets for getting information are to look for a site that offers the following badges, letting its users know that the information is coming from a reliable source and/or has been vetted by others.

  • The HON code http://www.hon.ch/HONcode/Patients/Visitor/visitor.html                                     Heathcare On the Net is a non-governmental website that provides oversight for those entities or individuals who want to promote health issues and provide reliable information. Those seeking HON certification must go through rigorous verification and validation of their information before being awarded the badge that they place at the bottom of their webpage (usually the home page). You will have to go to their website to see an example of the badge. Not only can you learn more about the HON code there, you can learn what to look for with regards to reliable sites. When I am able to post photos of the HON code bagde, I will.
  • Additionally, medical school websites that list information for the general public, such as those listed immediately below offer trusted information.  This list is not all inclusive.

http://getbetterhealth.com/, which is produced by a physician associated with Harvard Medical School

http://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/conditions (affiliated with Harvard Medical School)

  • Well-known medical clinic in the US and abroad, may have informational websites for patients as well, such as the Mayo Clinic.  I have used them below in some of my hyperlinks for additional information

One more thing to look for is pages that are not only written by licensed healthcare professionals (you wouldn’t want anything written by someone who couldn’t pass their exams, would you?), but also something that is peer-reviewed. This means that other medical professionals, licensed the same as the author of the page or article, have reviewed the information written for quality and accuracy, and may have made suggestions for corrections (deletions or additions). The articles on WebMD are peer-reviewed.

You may also want to look at other patient-written health blogs that are similar to this one, that speak to specific conditions–usually focus on one or two diseases or conditions.

Wanting to practice what I have preached (to you), I have used (when I could find them) sites that met the criteria I listed above. Most of the terms below can be ‘Googled’ for simplicity’s sake, but I have included links where I can. For a number of the spinal disorder-related information, I have used one website, since it has all of these conditions listed.

FIBROMYALGIA http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/fibromyalgia/basics/definition/con-20019243 You can also see the HON code certificate in use at the bottom of the page

MULTIPLE CERVICAL (NECK) SPINAL CONCERNS  Use http://www.spine-health.com

CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME http://www.spine-health.com

TENS http://www.webmd.com/back-pain/guide/tens-for-back-pain

Percutaneous Disc Decompression

Facet Blocks http://www.spine-health.com/treatment/injections/selective-nerve-root-blocks-snrb-and-facet-joint-injections This site, http://www.spine-health.com is an excellent site for all things spinal. I got a lot of my own research for what was going on with me and the specific treatments for them here. Most of the conditions and/or treatments have accompanying videos that are easy to watch and understand–in plain English for the non-healthcare professional

Look at the bottom of any page on http://www.spine-health.com for their glossary called: http://www.spine-health.com/pain-causes-and-treatments-a-z

Radio Frequency Ablation http://www.spine-health.com/treatment/injections/radiofrequency-ablation-procedure

NUCYNTA (r), http://www.nucynta.com/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Branded+-+Nucynta&utm_term=tapentadol%20nucynta&utm_content=Nucynta+-+Tapentadol|mkwid|sVGxLS4is_dt|pcrid|52083391049

L5 http://www.spine-health.com

Ligamentum flavum http://www.spine-health.com

Nerve root http://www.spine-health.com

Foot Drophttp://www.spine-health.com

SCIATICA http://www.spine-health.com

CHONDROMALACIA PATELLAE http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/chondromalacia-patella/basics/definition/con-20025960

ARTHROSCOPY http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/arthroscopy/basics/definition/prc-20014669

WHY I HAD ARTHROSCOPY–I had all of the problems listed on the page below, and more, like BAKER’S CYSTS behind each knee. http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/arthroscopy/basics/why-its-done/prc-20014669




BENIGN PAROXSYMAL POSITIONAL VERTIGO http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/vertigo/basics/definition/con-20028216

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