The Chronic Pain and Lack of Sleep Cycle

Dynamic Medical Imaging, LLCIs your chronic pain resulting in lack of sleep, or is your lack of sleep contributing to chronic pain? Unfortunately, both conditions often influence each other.

If you are experiencing chronic pain, it may be difficult to fall asleep, stay asleep or feel refreshed after a night’s sleep. As many as 2/3 of patients with chronic pain may also experience sleep disorders. In addition to chronic pain – lack of a restful, restorative sleep can:

  • diminish energy
  • increase fatigue
  • negatively affect mood
  • decrease in the ability to focus
  • longer reaction time
  • increase health risks (type 2 diabetes, heart disease, etc.)

According to the CDC, adults need 7 or more hours of sleep for the best health and well-being. Unfortunately, a third of US adults report getting less than the minimum 7 hours.

If you are experiencing chronic pain and/or unable to achieve a good, restorative sleep, then please speak with your healthcare provider. It is vital to determine the factors or causes of symptoms, in order to find relief. For example, for some patients, back pain is a contributing factor. In fact, 80% of people in the US experience back pain at some point in their lives. Suffering with back pain may make it harder to sleep, therefore making it harder for the body to heal and contribute to more back pain. Break the cycle.

Whether you are experience back pain, neck pain or knee pain, all pain should be evaluated. Your doctor may request diagnostic testing, such as an MRI to assist with a diagnosis and treatment plan. An MRI can reveal damage to bones, muscles, ligaments and/or tendons, as well as inflammation.

Dynamic Medical Imaging offers an upright, “non-claustrophobic” MRI. In fact, it’s the only upright MRI in the area, allowing patients to sit or stand and watch television during the exam. Diagnostic benefits of DMI’s upright MRI include the ability to see more pathology than with recumbent, lying down scanners.

Dynamic Medical Imaging also offers 3D MRI Rendering – the creation of a 3 dimensional digital model from standardized MRI study. This is accomplished by using the latest technology to ‘stack’ the highly detailed, thin, slice cross-sectional images from the MRI to generate the 3D model. Higher resolution, crisp images, additional angles, and details provide vital information for treatment.

To learn more or to schedule an appointment, please call Dynamic Medical Imaging at 908-687-2552 or visit www.DynamicMedicalImaging.com. DMI accepts most major health insurance.

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