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Have you ever come across a patient you have encountered who had difficulty with sleeping? The answer is probably, yes. Sleep insufficiency is associated with increased frequency and intensity of pain, lower pain threshold, and increased pain sensitivity as well as many other serious comorbidities. Mounting evidence suggests that sleep disturbance is a stronger predictor of future pain than pain predicts sleep disturbance. Addressing sleep issues is a potential target to treat people with persistent pain and possibly prevent the transition from acute to chronic pain. Therefore, the well rounded PT has an important role in screening for sleep related issues and promote optimal sleep health. This session will provide an overview of the relationship between sleep and pain and how social determinants of health impact sleep. The presenters will also provide practical guidelines for PTs to screen for the most common sleep disorders and information that can be integrated into practice to promote sleep health.
About The Speaker(s)
Mark H. Shepherd, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT, is a physical therapist who holds a Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) and is both board certified in orthopaedics (OCS) and is fellowship trained in orthopaedic manual physical therapy (FAAOMPT). He is the Program Director for Bellin College’s Orthopaedic and Manual Physical Therapy Program. He holds academic appointments at South College Physical Therapy Program, Baylor University and Evidence in Motion. Dr. Shepherd has published several peer reviewed articles and presented at both state and national conferences. He continues to practice in clinical care in the state of Maryland.