The National Scoliosis Foundation (NSF) is a nonprofit organization that promotes public awareness and medical research about scoliosis. NSF provides education and support for patients and healthcare professionals through videos, books, brochures, local chapters, conferences, and postural screening training sessions. NSF can also help establish a scoliosis screening program for adolescents in your local schools. Assistance is available Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST, by calling 800-NSF-MYBACK (800-673-6922).
The Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) is a professional organization for health care professionals who treat scoliosis and serves as a de facto certification body for scoliosis surgeons. You should check with the SRS to verify that your preferred surgeon is a member; an updated listing of all SRS surgeons is posted on their website. The website also contains graphics and x-ray examples to help explain scoliosis, as well as a glossary of scoliosis terms.
Internet discussion groups can be helpful in getting advice and emotional support from others in your situation. Links to the best discussion groups are provided below, but please keep in mind three notes of caution: