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Mattress For Back Pain
Support: A good mattress needs to be able to provide support for your spine, yet still be comfortable. A worn mattress looses its ability to support the spine and will often lead to back pain. A temporary measure for a worn mattress is to place plywood between your mattress and the box spring. This may firm up the mattress and temporarily provide you with more support. Flipping the mattress may also help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Personal: Mattress choice is best left up to a personal decision. Most of my low back pain patients prefer firm support, but it is not the choice of all the patients. The best advice is to go to a mattress store and pick what suits you best. The most expensive and/or the most features may not necessarily be the best for a given person. ...Read more
Back Pain: It seems like it would be important to have an evaluation to determine where origin of the problem. ...Read more
Possibly: Placing a plywood board under a mattress can help with low back pain, especially if the current mattress is old, too soft or sagging. If, however, the mattress is firm or relatively new, the board will probably do very little in terms of helping with back pain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sleeping on a box spring for 2 weeks because I can't afford a mattress, wake up with back pain. Permanent? How to help in the meantime until I get bed
Better of sleeping -: -on a mattress not a box spring. Or get a cot or roll away bed, inflatable mattress also all better than on the box spring. ...Read more
Does the use of electric heater for mattresses worsen the pre-exsiting back pain or cause further damage to discs that are currently herniated?
Can a too-firm mattress cause morning achiness, neck & back pain? How do I find a mattress that is both comfortable and provides proper support?
Usually no: Spine doctors rec the firmest mattress that you are comfortable on. The softer the mattress, the more out of alignment the spine is during sleep. The best way to choose a mattress firmness is to lie on your side on the mattress and have someone look at your entire back, neck to buttocks. Your spine should be completely straight. ...Read more
Im 25, workout for 5 years. Sleep on old mattress, recently been having lower back pain, hard to bend. My left chest stings from time to time, why?
Nonspecific : Low back pain is very common, and usually related to muscle-spine problems that aren't dangerous. Stinging in the left chest doesn't point to a single diagnosis. Try things like stretching or yoga. Consider changing your mattress. If you're worried, see your primary care provider for a proper evaluation. Hope this helps! ...Read more
UNCLEAR: Prior to your spending lots of money on a new mattress, suggest you seek out an experienced osteopathic physician and get an examination, as numerous problems could be causing back pain. So, before acting precipitously, do yourself a favor, and get a precise plan into place. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mattress: I recommend going to your local mattress store and trying out what is the best mattress for your comfort. There are many different materials used for mattresses, including foam (even with different levels of firmness). There are no "recommended" mattresses for back pain, but most of my patients prefer more of a firm support. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possible: While there is no such thing as one best mattress for everyone or the perfect mattress for a person with back pain, sometimes changing the mattress can help particularly if it is over 10 years old. For anyone with back pain that does not get better, I do recommend seeing a doctor to make sure there is nothing serious going on.The vast majority of back pain syndromes are benign, some can be serious. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No right: There is no "right" mattress for everyone or no best mattress. In general, i advise patients to choose a mattress that is neither too soft or too firm. Many places now will let you an exchange a mattress after you try it for a month if it doesn't agree with you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How can I avoid back pain in the am? Can't afford new mattress but joined a gym. Toss and turn all night. Been a couple of years, worse lately.
Sleep : Strengthening the muscles in the back is difficult as we see our front at the gym and we are slumped over things in our work daily. Yoga exercises can significantly strengthen the back. A flat surface is best for sleep. You could try sleeping on the floor to see if this changes things. If it does put plywood under your mattress to increase the firmness. Happy sleeping! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Which ever 1 that-: -feels the best. Some patients swear by water beds,others firm or soft. This tells U there is no way to specify which is best 4 U. Go to a large mattress store & lie down on them all & see if 1 really feels good. Some have 30 day trials so U get a better feel 4 the 1 4 U. ...Read more
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