Knee pain, hip pain and even back pain can have an impact on your sleep which can then negatively impact many other aspects of your life. Chronic tiredness will get you down and will only make it more difficult to manage the chronic pain of knee arthritis.
Getting a good night’s sleep can help you feel better, make better decisions, be more productive at work, have more quality time with your family and improve your general health.
If you could avoid a trip to your doctors, or avoid the need for surgery, just by sleeping with a pillow between your legs, then for some people it would be worth trying. However not all knee pillows are created equal so before you run out and buy one, there are some things you should know.
Some are better than others in terms of quality, but not only that, there are different shapes and sizes that will help with certain conditions.
Here’s a quick look at my top choices of knee pillow for 2022.
The Side Sleeper Knee Pillow is a top pick that has a firm feel. The Hyperfoam memory foam core resists shape loss and indentations and provides long-lasting support.
Cushion Lab offers two sizes for this pillow. The small size is geared toward people who stand 5 feet 8 inches or shorter, while the large size is better suited to taller people or sleepers of any height who prefer extra leg support. The cover can be removed and washed in a washing machine. You’ll also get a storage bag with your purchase at no extra cost.
This is designed to not only help with knee pain but also alleviate the pain associated with lower back problems such as slipped discs, sciatica, hip Joint issues, and pregnancy discomfort.
The UK Made Memory Foam relieves and supports your body by keeping your spine hips and knees aligned. The contoured shape fits to the shape of your thigh and prevents your upper leg from rolling forward.
You also get a free book on back pain with this pillow!
Memory foam pillow featuring a soft zipped cover , responsive supportive foam designed to help with knee arthritis , hip and back pain.
This is a top-notch knee pillow and easily the best on the list, the hourglass shape is perfect to hold between your knees proving much-needed relief of joint pain or arthritis while the soft cover adds that touch of luxury.
The foam inside is a high-density memory foam which has more spring in it than pure memory foam which is perfect for giving that bit of resistance that keeps the knee supported.
But the ergonomic design means that you can hold it comfortably between your legs, knees, calves or feet so you can find the perfect supported position. Great for use when recovering from knee surgery.
The side sleeper that needs a leg cushion that is as comfortable as it is effective need look no further than the Livivio. The small profile is ideal for use between the knees or shins or thighs. You can prop up an ankle or a whole leg.
The type of memory foam. It is quite durable and firm yet has just the right amount of give. And it bounces right back to form so it never needs to be readjusted.
The other aspect that I really like is that it has a comfortable, removable cover. The material is a type of soft velour that feels great against the skin and does whisk away some body heat to prevent overheating. Even better is the fact that it can be washed.
Conditions such as back pain, hip pain or sciatica can be relieved due to the ideal width to keep your legs separated. Post-operation recovery is also something that the pillow can be used for. If you have recently had a knee replaced then I highly recommend this cushion.
Since this is an article about knee pillows, I will focus on that aspect. Just keep in mind that one of the nice features about this particular wedge knee pillow is that it serves many purposes and not solely for your back or leg pain.
This is especially handy for back sleepers that need to relieve the pressure from their lumbar region. Lying on your back with this under your knees will bring your spine back into its natural shape taking the pressure off of your lower back.
Of course, it can be used by side sleepers as well. Between the legs or even just one leg since it can be moved wherever you like it due to its shape and length.
Recovering from knee ,foot or ankle surgery? Have restless leg syndrome or swelling of the feet? Then getting your lower legs in a “Zero Gravity” situation is ideal to help reduce swelling from your feet, ankles and legs.
It has handy handles for carrying and for re-positioning during use. The fact that you can put both legs on it can make it more comfortable to use.
This is ideal following surgery such as knee replacement, ACL reconstruction , ankle fractures etc.
How can I Get Help With My Knee Pain?
As with any condition, it’s important to get the right diagnosis and the right advice and treatment sooner rather than later. Often if diagnosed early knee arthritis will respond to non-invasive treatments such as physiotherapy and exercise. If things aren’t settling then here at the My Knee Doc clinic we offer treatments such as specialist knee injections which can help you stay in control of your symptoms without the need for pain-killers.
If you’d like to find out more about how we can help or if you just want to speak to our specialist knee surgeon Mr Gareth Stables then click here and arrange a 10-minute call.
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