Back pain can truly hinder you from getting a good night’s sleep. You try so hard to find a position that makes you comfortable, but every position just seems to make the pain even worse.
Adding insult to injury, not getting enough sleep can worsen your back pain. This is because a lack of sleep can increase inflammation in your body, which naturally results in aches and pains.
Let’s talk about how you can finally find lasting relief from your back pain and start enjoying a good night’s sleep every night once again.
Orthopedic Treatment for Back Pain
It may be difficult to determine which came first – back pain or sleep problems – but an orthopedist can help you break that cycle by reducing or stopping the pain.
Your orthopedist will first determine the cause of your back pain. The doctor will assess the range of motion in your back and pinpoint the location of the pain. The physician may also order imaging scans if further investigation of your back is necessary.
The next step is treating the pain. You have likely already tried over-the-counter pain relievers but the back pain doesn’t respond well to them, so the doctor may give you a prescription. You and the physician will also discuss other treatment methods, including hot and cold therapy, physical therapy, and swimming therapy.
Medical Treatments for Pain Relief and Better Sleep
The orthopedist may recommend and provide steroid injections into the painful location in your back. This must be performed by a physician due to the delicate and vulnerable nature of the spine and spinal cord. The injection will help to reduce inflammation, and the relief can last for weeks or months at a time so you can get a good night’s sleep every night. The doctor may also give you a prescription to help you sleep more soundly.
If noninvasive and minimally invasive treatments fail to provide relief for your back pain, the doctor may recommend back surgery to repair the underlying problem. For example, if a disc in your spine is herniated or degenerating, the surgeon may repair the disc or replace it with a prosthetic disc. If you have severe arthritis in two or more vertebrae in your spine, the doctor may recommend spinal fusion surgery to eliminate the pain in that area of your back once and for all.
Orthopedic Doctors in Westlake and Avon, Ohio
Our orthopedic practitioners here at Orthopaedic Associates understand the complexities of back pain and its effects on other aspects of your body and health, including sleep. We know how to quickly and efficiently get to the root of the pain and treat it in the most effective way possible. We serve patients throughout Cuyahoga and Lorain counties and the Greater Cleveland area.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced orthopedists, contact our friendly staff today by calling us at 440-892-1440 or by filling out our easy-to-use appointment request form online now. We look forward to helping you enjoy less pain and more sleep!