Category: Clinical Sciences/Health Conditions
The etiology of back pain is mostly mechanical, therefore risk factors that alter the musculoskeletal structure can contribute to its pathology. Varying stresses are placed on the spinal cord and its musculature in different sleep postures which can contribute to back pain. Studies on the association between sleep posture and back pain is lacking. Here we attempt to discover sleep postures which are associated with chronic non-specific lower back pain (CNSLBP).
CNSLBP was defined as lower back pain lasting ≥3 months excluding pain caused by nerve root pain, radicular syndrome, pain due to tumor(s), cancer, osteoporosis, pregnancy, fracture, structural deformity, infection, inflammatory disorder, or cauda equina syndrome. A survey was made available to highly trafficked online forums that queried age, sex, height, weight, sleep hygiene, movement during sleep, and commonly cited sleep postures. Two proportion Z-testanalyses were performed in SPSS v22.0 with α = 0.05 to assess if sleep postures differ in individuals with CNSLBP.
No difference in sleep posture was found between individuals with CNSLBP and those without CBP. Surveying is ongoing to expand the sample and equalize the ratio of females to males.
Daniel Mok– Medical Student, Lincoln Memorial University Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
Jacek Bednarz– Medical Student, Lincoln Memorial University Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
Michael Wieting– Senior Associate Dean LMU-DCOM, Lincoln Memorial University Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine