Category: Sleep Testing

09
Feb

Back Pain

Back pain is one of biggest reasons patients go to the doctor. People will commonly miss work and it is the leading cause of disability worldwide. Fortunately, for most, the symptoms will resolve on their own in a few weeks. But for many, the symptoms can be a lifelong disabling condition. Typical causes of back pain include muscular strain, arthritis, disc herniations, and ligamentous laxity. A painful electric-like sensation can occur at times signaling a “pinched nerve”. Others may have intermittent symptoms which may be dull and achy. Physically active and sedentary individuals can both develop back pain. Office workers commonly have this condition. Many of these patients will have poor core strength and shortening of muscles. Ligamentous laxity also develops over time. Rest and medications are usually the first line of treatment. When someone does not get better, physical therapy and accupunture can provide great benefit. An MRI and nerve study may be required to assess for radiculopathy. More invasive treatment can be done if necessary such as injections with corticosteroids. We find that prolotherapy and PRP can significantly reduce disability and be curative in many cases.

03
Feb

Too Sleepy

Excessive daytime sleepiness is otherwise known as hypersomnia.

There are a variety of primary sleep conditions that can cause this symptom. These include such conditions as narcolepsy, idiopathic hypersomnia, obstructive sleep apnea, periodic limb movements of sleep, and behaviorally induced insufficient sleep. Of course, this symptom can also be caused by medications and chronic medical conditions. A thorough sleep evaluation as necessary to assess the cause.

10
Apr

Have you ever been told that you snore?

Have you ever been told that you snore? Are you sleepy and tired during the day? Do you have a dry mouth and/or a headache in the morning? Are you suffering from a poor memory?  These may be signs of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea may be obvious when you hear your partner gasp for breathe at night, but this is not the case in many instances. It often goes undiagnosed in many people for years.

In sleep apnea your airway collapses when you breathe in which, in turn, deprives your body of oxygen and causes your heart rate and blood pressure to increase. The consequences of sleep apnea include a significant increase in stroke, heart attack, high blood pressure, diabetes mellitus, poor memory/confusion, depression and even increased risk of cancer.  Because of this, treatment becomes very important.

There are a variety of options for treatment which include the following:  continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), oral appliance, positional therapy, weight loss, and surgery. To see which option is right for you, make an appointment with our office for a consultation.