The Best Mattress For Hip Pain
If you suffer from hip pain, you know first-hand how much discomfort can be felt when you sit or stand for long periods of time — especially when you lie down to rest or sleep. Pain in the hips can usually be relieved when sitting or standing by doing the opposite motion; however, when sleeping, it is not that easy to get relief if you don’t own the best mattress for hip pain.
The wrong mattress can bring much discomfort and hours of lost sleep. Understanding what position to sleep in and owning a mattress that is specifically designed for relieving hip pain is the only way to get the rest you deserve. Medications can temporarily relieve the pain, but a mattress that is designed specifically for this problem has helped many find improved relief.
Common Causes of Hip Pain
There are many causes of hip pain, many related directly to the hip area, and many that radiate from the spine to the hip. Some of the common causes of hip pain are being overweight, receiving an injury directly to the hip area or lower spine, and suffering from certain diseases. Degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis, bursitis, and sciatica commonly cause hip pain. Physical therapy and medications can helpful, but sometimes adjusting the way you sleep, and what you sleep on, can have the biggest impact on how your hips feel in the morning.
Osteoarthritis, a common cause of hip pain, is often linked to obesity. A high body mass index increases the risk of developing back, knee or hip pain. Since the hip is a weight-bearing joint, it is put under severe pressure when someone is overweight.
Degenerative disc disease
Degenerative disc disease occurs in the lumbar spine, or lower back. The condition happens when a compromised disc causes lower back pain. It’s typically caused by inflammation in the surrounding disc nerves or abnormal micro-motion instability when the outer rings of the disc are worn down and cannot effectively absorb stress on the spine.
This is a symptom of a pinched nerve that affects one or more of the lower spinal nerves. Sciatica is often a symptom of a herniated or slipped disc, spinal stenosis, and spondylolisthhesis. Cartilage between vertebrae that protrudes or is shifted is referred to as a slipped disc and typically puts pressure on a nerve root causing back pain. Spinal stenosis is caused when the spinal canal narrows and puts pressure on the nerves. Spondylolisthesis is caused by a slippage of one vertebra so it is out of line with the one above it. Sciatica causes weakness, numbness, and pain through buttocks, hips, legs, feet and even toes.
Mattress Comfort and Sleeping Style
The discomfort felt during sleep can be unbearable if you have pain in your hip. This pain is escalated during sleep, because of the lying down position of the body. When you lie down on a mattress to rest or sleep, your spine can become unaligned, causing pressure to be placed in the hip area. The best way to sleep is on your side with one pillow supporting your neck and head and another pillow between your legs to support your hip.
The best mattress for hip pain is one that offers firm support so the spine remains aligned and, seemingly paradoxically, you’d also want the mattress to be really soft to reduce pressure on your hip while staying firm in other places. You will also need a pillow that cradles your head in proper alignment so the spine is in one straight line. If the mattress material is too soft or not made with quality supporting materials, you won’t be able to find relief of the pain in your hip area.
Mattress Design for Hip Pain Relief
A mattress made with our exclusive Gel Matrix® material is the best mattress for relieving your hip pain. The exclusive diamond design used in our beds provides both support where you need it (your hips in this case), but also continuously provides cushioning that is needed for you to get a good night’s rest.