Nearly 80% of people with back pain suffer from insomnia, and 64% of those people attribute their sleep problems to back pain, according to research from Rheumatology International. Not getting enough sleep can wreck havoc on your health and quality of life. For most patients, nighttime back pain is simply an extension of the pain they experience all day, but for others, the pain worsens or starts when they lie down.
Like any other type of back pain, the causes of nocturnal back pain aren't always clear. Here are some of the more common causes of nighttime back pain we see in our Beaverton & Aloha clinic:
Bahoug H, et al. Prevalence and severity of insomnia in chronic low back pain patients. Rheumatology International. 2013 May;33(5):1277-81. doi: 10.1007/s00296-012-2550-x.
Night Back Pain: Causes and Treatment. Web MD. http://www.webmd.com/back-pain/guide/nightime-back-pain.