Dr. Leipzig is a board-certified, Salem, Virginia spine surgeon with over two decades of experience. He specializes in procedures including robotic spine surgery, microsurgical lumbar surgery, disc arthroplasty, minimally invasive spine surgery, and more, serving the greater Roanoke, VA area. To learn more or schedule an appointment, please contact our office.
Finding the right mattress can help you sleep comfortably, while preventing pain and stiffness in the morning. There is no single mattress that works for everyone, so it’s important to find one that provides adequate support, comfort, and allows you to get a good night’s sleep. Here are five things to keep in mind when buying a new mattress:
- Talk to your doctor. If you have problems with your back, neck, or sleep patterns, ask your doctor or physical therapist what he or she recommends. They may not be sleep experts, but they know your medical background and symptoms and should have worthwhile advice for you.
- Firm mattresses aren’t always better for your back. There’s a difference between firm support and a firm feel. You want to find a mattress with firm support that also provides a comfortable feel (defined by your personal preference). Research has indicated that the best mattress for lower back pain is a medium firm mattress, rather than a firm mattress.
- Consider an adjustable bed. If you’re more comfortable sitting in a recliner than lying down, an adjustable bed could be a great option for you. It will allow you to elevate your head and knees slightly to relieve pressure on your lower back.
- Take it for a test drive. When you’re out shopping for a mattress, lie on the mattress for 10-15 minutes to get a good feel for it. If it starts to get uncomfortable, it’s time to move on.
- Check out all the options. Ask the salesperson to show you a firm, a plush, and a pillow-top mattress in the same brand, quality, and price point. When you find one you think is most comfortable, ask to see more of that kind. You might be surprised at the results.
Dr. Leipzig and the staff at Virginia Spine Care hope this information will help you stay rested and alleviate the symptoms caused by lower back conditions. If you require the attention of a spine specialist, please call Dr. Leipzig at 540-725-9771 or ask your physician for a referral to Virginia Spine Care.