Sleep, and Chronic Pain, and Work Related Injuries, OH MY!

Sleep, and Chronic Pain, and Work Related Injuries, OH MY!

At American Spine, deciding how to treat chronic pain is not an easy decision. A specifically designed treatment plan is shaped for every patient so best treat their condition. Many patients that come to the clinic are looking for relief from a work related injury. Whether their neck, lower back, or spine has suffered, work related injuries can be extremely painful and can keep a patient out of work and recreational activities for an extended period of time. Lucking, the medical staff at American Spine stays dedicated to improving every patient’s condition.

One of the ways the physicians at American Spine evaluate treating their patients is getting a closer look at the source. For work related injuries, there could be a number of reasons a patient ended up hurt. A previous injury or illness may be the most obvious of causes, but what about sleep? Could the amount and quality sleep affect your work the following day? A number of studies conducted over the past 10 years have proved that work related injuries could be the direct result from lack of sleep or sleeping problems.

Insomnia, restless leg syndrome, and sleep apnea may be the cause of poor sleep, lead to a work injury, and eventually cause chronic pain. Poor sleep is also related to numerous medical problems including obesity and diabetes, and what do they lead to? Chronic pain.

A recent study compiled the results of 27 other studies about poor sleep and the chance of a work injury. The studies included 268,000 working results and were composed of interviews, assessments, and doctors’ diagnoses. Through all of this evidence, the researchers were able to identify which patients had sleep problems. They found that people who had difficulty sleeping were 60 percent more likely to endure a work related injury. They also stated that, on average, 13 out of every 100 work injuries were related to poor sleep.

When assessing different kinds of sleep problems, the researchers found that people with sleep apnea or took sleep medication, were most vulnerable to a work injury. The study did not evaluate poor sleep and work injuries from a car accident. If those results were included, the researchers said the injuries related to sleep would be much higher.

Work related injuries not only leave long-term affects on the body, but also leave patients out of work. The medical professional at American Spine work effortlessly to reduce pain and get each patient back to his or her normal day-to-day activities.

At American Spine, we are dedicated to treating conditions of the spine and chronic pain. Offering the latest in minimally invasive spine surgery and other effective treatment options, American Spine is the leading pain physician group of California. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call us at (951)-734-PAIN (7246)

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