Best Position For Sleeping With A Herniated Disc

Herniated Disc Care

Vancouver chiropractor Dr. Troy Dreiling provides tips for the best sleeping position if you are suffering from pain caused by a herniated disc in your low back.

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Video Transcription

Hey, it’s Dr. Troy here!

I want to address a question I get a lot from patients. What is the best position to sleep in with a herniated disc in my lower back?

Well, one of the things that I always tell my patients is you want to be as neutral as possible. When you are laying on your back I would recommend propping up your legs right under your knees on something to help take the pressure off of your lower back in the discs.

If you are laying flat, this is a great thing, maybe prop up a couple of pillows to lay in there. When you are laying on your side I always recommend that if your legs and pelvis are out like this, put a pillow in between your knees so that your legs are straight and not twisting.

Sometimes sleeping with a heating pad can help. With hot low backs and with herniated discs, I always like to recommend ice.

Propping up your legs if you are on your back and if you are on your side put a pillow in between your knees to help reduce the pressure and stress off your lower back.

Those are my thoughts on what the best position is for sleeping with a herniated disc in your low back.

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