Back pain at night can come from a number of different sources. The type of back pain that occurs at night that is potentially dangerous is pain that only happens at night. If you have no real back pain or stiffness other than the back pain that wakes you up out of a dead sleep then it is advisable to see a medical doctor at once. Back pain that occurs only at night without any other related symptoms during the day can be an indication of other serious health problems.
The typical back pain that most people experience can also be a problem at night as well as during the day. This type of back pain will usually have some low back stiffness and possibly some leg pain (sciatica) along with it. This type of pain, when it occurs at night or in the morning is best treated with specific low back stretches and exercises.
Typical low back pain at night is generally the result of an irritated disc or joint in the lumbar spine. These discs and joints will have some inflammation associated with them. This inflammation affects the surrounding nerves and will often cause pain and muscle tightness in the back that may occur at night, especially with rolling or turning in bed.
There are specific stretches and exercises that are designed to reduce inflammation in the low back and loosen up tight muscles. These exercises not only address the inflammation and immediate pain but they can also provide a long-term fix by correcting the underlying cause of the irritation and inflammation. This inflammation can be the result of a specific acute (sudden) injury such as a lifting injury, a fall or a car accident, or it can be a progressive problem that comes on for no apparent reason. In either case there is most likely some weakness in the abdominal and low back muscles that needs to be addressed along with posture related problems and restricted range of motion in the hips and legs.
Physical therapy is generally recommended for back pain at night. Physical therapy stretches and exercises are designed to reduce inflammation, relieve stiffness and pain in the back and strengthen muscles so that the pain does not return.
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