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The Relationship Between Sleep and Pain

presented by Dan Rhon

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Financial: Dan Rhon receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. He also receives grant funding for clinical research from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP). Dan Rhon is also the owner of Clinically Relevant Technologies (CRTech, LLC): Mobile Apps for Clinicians. Dan Rhon also teaches courses for Evidence in Motion, LLC

Non-Financial: Dan Rhon works as a contractor within the Department of Defense. None of what he says should be taken as if it is endorsed or approved by the DOD or any US Government component.

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Video Runtime: 64 Minutes, Learning Assessments: 45 Minutes

Sleep is essential for health in so many ways, several of which we do not yet completely understand. However, the science of sleep has evolved tremendously over the last decade, and one of the critically important findings relevant to medicine has been an improved understanding of the relationship between sleep and pain. Because the primary symptom behind why most patients with musculoskeletal disorders seek out medical care is pain, understanding the role of sleep is critical to helping patients manage pain.

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Dr. Dan Rhon is a clinician, active researcher, and assistant professor at Baylor University in Texas. He received an MPT and DSc through Baylor University, and then a DPT through Temple University. He attended a manual therapy clinical fellowship at Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas, is a fellow in the American Academy of Orthopaedic…

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1. A Refresher on Pain

This chapter provides a review of the pain experience, how pain and nociception differ, and what influences the pain experience in the human body.

2. The Relationship Between Disordered Sleep and Pain

This chapter provides an overview of the science behind the bidirectional relationship between sleep and pain.

3. The Relationship Between Opioids and Sleep

This chapter provides an overview of the adverse relationship between opioids (given to manage pain) and sleep (which, when disordered, can adversely influence pain).

4. What Is a Holistic Approach and Its Relationship to Sleep and Pain?

This chapter provides an overview of the current sleep surveys/questionnaires that can be used to screen patients for sleep disorders. It includes psychometric properties as well as practical action to be taken based on individual results.

5. Management Strategies to Address Sleep: What Can I Do?

This chapter provides a quick overview of the current sleep surveys/questionnaires that can be used to screen patients for sleep disorders. It then focuses on what can be done to address sleep with your patients, with a modification of the “Good Sleep Top Ten” that has a specific focus for patients with pain and in-depth discussion on the use of cognitive behavioral approaches to managing disordered sleep.

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The influence of sleep (both good and poor quality) carries over into many different dimensions of health, and its impact is often underestimated and poorly understood by both patients and clinicians alike. Poor sleep affects cognition, mental processing, and performance. Poor sleep on a regular basis also shortens the lifespan and increases the risk for developing chronic diseases. A proper understanding is the first step necessary to enable and facilitate changes in lifestyle that can promote quality sleep and, in turn, improve overall health. This is the perfect course for clinicians from all disciplines interested in gaining a better understanding of how sleep influences health and how to screen for disordered sleep, as well as actionable management strategies.

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