The majority of people with back pain are able to adjust how they sleep to get relief from the pain they experience during the day. But with night-time back pain – also called nocturnal back pain – the hurting doesn’t stop when a person lies down, no matter what adjustments he or she makes. For some, the pain actually gets worse. And for others, the pain doesn’t even start until they lie down.
Just as with normal back pain, the cause of night-time back pain isn’t always clear. Back pain can be caused by any of the following:
- Problems with the way the spine moves or other mechanical problems, the most common of which is disc degeneration. Discs are tissue between the vertebrae that function as a type of shock absorber; the discs can break down with age.
- Injuries such as sprains or fractures or more severe injuries such as a fall or road traffic accident.
- Diseases and conditions, such as scoliosis, a curvature of the spine, or spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal column. Kidney stones, pregnancy, endometriosis and various forms of arthritis can all lead to back pain.
If you are struggling with back pain at night or day and would like some advice or treatment then please contact me.