If you are experiencing back pain, especially in the lower back, there are two facts you should understand. First, you are not alone. A study by the Global Burden of Disease names lower back pain as the main cause of disability worldwide. The second fact might be a bit more surprising. In most cases, lower back pain is not caused by a serious underlying condition such as arthritis, degenerative disc disease, or similar conditions. In fact, back pain is most often the result of poor posture, stress, poor lifestyle choices, or sleeping in awkward positions that are bad for musculoskeletal health. When it comes to seeking treatment for lower back pain caused by a serious condition such as degenerative disc disease, you can always count on a trusted physician referral center such as Texas Health Spine & Orthopedic Center, but as a first line of defense, you can try a number of sleeping positions known to relieve lower back pain. Take a look.
Sleeping Positions that minimize back pain
You may be able to reduce or eliminate lower back pain by trying the following sleeping positions:
- Sleeping on your side and placing a pillow between your knees. The pillow makes a major difference, so try this position on both sides.
- Sleep on your side, but in the fetal position, tucking your knees gently toward your chest. Switch sides as you did with the pillow technique.
- Lie on your stomach with a pillow under your abdomen. This can relieve pressure on the back. Try it without a pillow for your head and use the combination that works for you.
- People who experience mild degenerative disc symptoms may find relief by lying on their back and placing a pillow under the knees. This distributes body weight more evenly.
- Try sleeping in a “recliner” position and think about investing in an adjustable bed.
Always keep in mind that alignment of the spine is the most important factor. You may want to test out several pillows and mattresses to find the one that works best to help relieve lower back pain, especially in cases of degenerative disc disease.
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If you or a loved one has been noticing the symptoms of an orthopedic problem, such as lower back pain, which isn’t getting better with time, consult an orthopedic specialist. Contact Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center, a physician referral center in Plano, Texas, that connects individuals with experienced participating orthopedic surgeons. To schedule an appointment at a spine and ortho center in Plano, simply call 888 608 4762 or fill out our contact form.
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