A mattress can be such a challenging purchase, especially because of the several varieties available – add to that if you have special needs. If you have lower back pain or worse, osteoporosis, then having the right mattress is a necessity. Osteoporosis is a bone disease that affects four out of 10 women who are at least 50 years old. This number is expected to increase by 2020 in which it is estimated by researchers that one out of two American aged 50 and above could develop osteoporosis of the hip.
There are a few treatment strategies for the bone disease, including a variety of medications and supplements, particularly calcium and vitamin D. But let’s not forget the significance of having the right mattress for patients with the disease. The wrong mattress can worsen the pain, but which mattress best suits you?
Mattress Options for People with Osteoporosis
The right mattress will depend on your own situation. Here are some things to consider:
- Size: The size of the mattress will depend on whether you sleep alone or with a partner. If you do have a partner, be sure to involve him/her throughout the process of selecting a mattress. Also measure the room first, especially if you will upsize your bed.
- Type: The most common choices for people with osteoporosis are innerspring and memory foam. Innerspring comes with a steel coil as its main support system, while memory foam uses a core with high-quality foam. Innerspring is more preferred mainly because it is less expensive; however, memory foam can shape itself according to your body and is temperature-sensitive. There’s no consensus as to which one is better and it is recommended that you spend at least 20 minutes testing your choice.
- Firmness Level: Most doctors suggest a very firm mattress, especially for people with spinal osteoporosis. But if you prefer a softer mattress, placing a piece of plywood below the mattress can help for the meantime. The firmness is usually subjective and will depend on your situation. But usually those with lower back pain can benefit from medium-firm mattress to get enough support without causing discomfort.
Don’t fall for marketing language of the sellers. Before you buy a mattress, it is always a good idea to talk to your doctor. This will also give you some clues about which mattress to pick. While your doctor may not be an expert when it comes to mattresses, he or she knows about your condition and can give you good advice for your next purchase.