Nocturnal back pain doesn’t just affect your sleep- this pain can be so uncomfortable that it also impacts your daily life. Luckily though, most forms of nightly back pain can be treated using simple solutions. In this article, we’ll share some common causes of nocturnal back pain, our favorite solutions, and when the pain means that you need to see a doctor.
What Causes Nocturnal Back Pain?
There are a few different conditions that can cause nocturnal back pain. Of course, injuries or overuse of the back are the most common culprits. If you are physically active, or work in a physically demanding job, you might notice aches and pains from the day once you slow down at night. However, other issues might be at play, too. Conditions like degenerative disc disease or ankylosing spondylitis (a type of arthritis) both specifically impact the back.
Daily Vs. Nightly Discomfort
Does your pain only occur at night, or is it also a problem during the day? This one question can help you pinpoint the cause of your discomfort. If the pain is constant, then the issue might be chronic, inflammatory, or the result of an injury. However, if the pain is only at night, then the issue might be related to your mattress or sleep position.
Treatments and Solutions
Treatments and solutions will all depend on the exact cause of your pain. Prescription and over-the-counter medications, physical therapies, and other medical treatments can all help you find relief. Additionally, simple swaps like a new mattress can also make a world of difference.
When to See a Doctor
If your pain lasts for more than a few nights, or if the pain is not remedied by home care, then give your doctor a call. While most forms of nocturnal back pain are easy to fix, more serious issues might also be at play.
You Don’t Have to Live With Nocturnal Back Pain
Emergency Hospital Systems is here to help. Our highly trained and caring staff can diagnose and treat a wide range of medical issues. We will work with you to get to the bottom of your nightly discomfort. Ready to learn more? Call us today to make your first appointment.