Accident Rehabilitation — the Importance of Sleep and Pain Management

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Accident Rehabilitation — the Importance of Sleep and Pain Management

By |2019-12-20T13:11:11+00:00December 25th, 2019|Blog|

According to the World Health Organization, injuries account for 10% of all deaths around the world, with over 5.8 million people dying each year as a result of various injuries.

Accidents can happen anywhere, whether you’re at work, training for a big game, or just lounging around at home. They are a common part of life, but often result in horrible injuries that are accompanied by acute and chronic pain.

In most cases, the injured person needs to go through extensive rehabilitation and pain management to recover from their injuries.

Pain and Sleep: Understanding the Connection

There are many facets to accident rehabilitation, such as medication, surgical procedures, and physiotherapy. These facets are important for patients to heal and manage pain.

However, one of the most common factors for recovery is sleep. The body needs proper sleep to maintain homeostasis and optimize the performance of several physiologic systems. Any disruptions in this process—such as those accompanying trauma and pain—can result in sleep disruption, leading to severe negative impacts on health and general wellbeing.

There have been several studies that suggest a direct interrelation between pain and sleep.  When we sleep, our brain triggers the healing process by encouraging the tissues to repair, the muscles to restore, and the hormones to synthesize.

The Importance of Getting Enough Sleep During Rehabilitation

If the body is experiencing a lot of pain, the brain tries to overcome it by keeping you awake and causing you to become more sensitive to the pain. This is especially true following a traumatic injury, as the body works overtime, trying to repair itself.

Sleep deprivation can also prolong the rehabilitation and recovery processes. Not correcting the cycle and getting proper rest can affect the immunity system and further exacerbates health issues caused by an initial injury.

Physiotherapy for Better Sleep

Most doctors recommend physiotherapy after a traumatic injury. Physiotherapy can help patients who are dealing with sleep disturbances, ensuring they get the rest they need to heal and recover.

Physiotherapists assist the patients in loosening their tight muscles and relaxing their bodies. This not only helps decrease the pain of the injury, but also allows the body to enjoy a deeper sleep which can speed up the healing process.

Contact Our Expert physiotherapists for accident rehabilitation in The Greater Toronto Area!

Sports & Exercise Medicine Institute is a leading physiotherapy and sports medicine clinic in the Greater Toronto Area. We offer expert physiotherapy treatment and injury rehabilitation for various sports-related injuries and other musculoskeletal conditions.

Our team of experienced doctors and physiotherapists provide innovative non-surgical treatment options and expert diagnoses for all our patients.

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About: Dr. Douglas Stoddard is a sports medicine physician and is the Medical Director of the Sports & Exercise Medicine Institute (SEMI). After receiving his medical degree from the University of Toronto, he trained in Australia at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, obtaining his Master Degree in Sports Medicine. He is also a diplomat of the Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine and has his focussed practice designation in Sport Medicine from the Ontario Medical Association. Dr. Stoddard is a consultant to the Canadian Military and has consulted with well over 30,000 unique patients in his career. Dr. Stoddard is constantly searching for new and promising therapies to help SEMI patients, and is responsible for developing the RegenerVate Medical Injection Therapy Program. He is the proud father of two boys, is an avid triathlete and occasional guitar player.

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