We at Back and Body Medical, New York always want to provide quality information for our patients so as to get the best out of our treatment. Treatment is of course vital to proper recovery, but education is very important too.
We have some great information on how best to sleep with certain conditions. This will be the first of two articles pertaining to proper sleep position when recovering from certain injuries. Sleep posture plays a detrimental part in your overall orthopedic health. If you think about it, we are asleep for about a third of our lives. Sleeping equals healing. So if we have an improper sleeping posture, it could be affecting us during the day.
We want you to know the best sleep position for your body, so we will be giving you three common orthopedic diagnosis, and telling you how your sleep position affects them. So here’s the first three conditions we’ll look at along with best sleeping posture practices for each.
Rotator Cuff Syndrome:
Rotator cuff syndrome is caused by sleeping with the arm in the overhead position of the shoulder impingement. This could develop into a lifelong habit. Avoid sleeping on the affected side, and place a pillow between your arm to support it.
Neck pain during the day can be caused from side sleeping. Pillow height is also a factor by forcing static compression to the cervical structures. This can be very painful. Be sure to sleep with a pillow that allows the neck to remain in a neutral position, and try sleeping on your back if possible.
By sleeping with the tennis elbow under a pillow, you are creating compression to the wrist extensors. Be sure to sleep with your arms at your side which will reduce elbow pain.
Overall, there are many ways we can sleep that affect our orthopedic health. Just be sure to stay in a neutral position as you fall asleep to avoid these extra issues. We at Back and Body Medical, New York are here for you, and we want you to reach out if you are experiencing any pain.
If you are in pain, suffer from back pain, neck pain, headaches or whatever, come in and see us, we can help. We also accept insurance and would be delighted to help you out of pain. Call us today or Schedule an appointment.