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When someone sleeps on the same side for years, what happens physically to their shoulder, hip, and neck?
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Dr. Barry Waldman
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction
5 doctors agree
In brief: Nothing
Nothing bad will happen.

In brief: Nothing
Nothing bad will happen.
Dr. Barry Waldman
Dr. Barry Waldman
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Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: Potential tendonitis
Those that side-sleep have a higher incidence of shoulder and hip tendobursitis.
This incidence can increase with harder mattresses, obesity and smoking. Consequently, when treating hip or shoulder tendobursitis correcting certain habits can assist resolution, including reducing side-sleeping, smoking cessation, and weight loss. Pillow top or plush top mattresses may also reduce these problems.

In brief: Potential tendonitis
Those that side-sleep have a higher incidence of shoulder and hip tendobursitis.
This incidence can increase with harder mattresses, obesity and smoking. Consequently, when treating hip or shoulder tendobursitis correcting certain habits can assist resolution, including reducing side-sleeping, smoking cessation, and weight loss. Pillow top or plush top mattresses may also reduce these problems.
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery
In brief: No effect
When some sleep on either side off there body , during sleep if they have usally they turn around, that is natural reflex.
The same thing when sleep in bad position and the hand get numbe you wake up and shake to relief it.

In brief: No effect
When some sleep on either side off there body , during sleep if they have usally they turn around, that is natural reflex.
The same thing when sleep in bad position and the hand get numbe you wake up and shake to relief it.
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
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