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Lower Back Pain and Sleep Loss

Lower Back Pain and Sleep Loss

Severe back pain can lead to significant sleep loss and longer recovery times.

Having trouble with your lower back is a completely life-altering experience for so many people.  It might sound like an overstatement, but it’s true.  Everything they do can be affected. Even one of the most important things we do but constantly take for granted: sleeping.

Here at Living Well Medical in NYC, I regularly hear from patients who are suffering from pain in their back or neck that is so severe that it begins to affect how well and how often they are sleeping during the night.  It’s just one of the many problems that go along with having a badly aching back.  Some of my patients have even noted that sitting, standing AND lying down all caused pain.  In other words, there was no comfortable position to be in at all.

How can you get better if you can’t sleep?  Rest is one of the key components for the body’s own maintenance and repairs.  In cases like these, often related to problems with the intervertebral discs like herniation or bulging discs, it’s best to be proactive, not reactive.  Many times, orthopedic doctors will point right to surgery or long term pain medication regimens when there are alternatives that can help.  At Living Well Medical, we integrate a number of non-surgical therapies and technologies to stop back pain without relying on the invasive side of medicine.

One of our most exciting treatments is non-surgical spinal decompression with the DRX9000.  It’s a computer-guided medical device that places specific amounts of stretch on areas of the spine that have herniated discs (and other disc-related spinal conditions).  In so doing, pressure placed on the nerves by displaced disc material can be relieved and important nutrients encouraged to move in.  That can jump start the healing process and relieve back pain in the process.  Some patients even feel relief after only a few sessions (it’s even been reported that some patients fall asleep during treatment!)

So it might be that you are losing sleep from back pain, but there’s still hope for recovery without surgery or drugs.  Come in and see us at Living Well Medical in SoHo in Downtown New York and find out what we can do for you!  Give us a call at 212-645-8151, and return to restful nights of sleep.

– Dr Steven Shoshany, NYC chiropractor