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Failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) occurs when symptoms persist or new symptoms appear following a spinal procedure. Living with neck or back pain can make simple tasks throughout the day more challenging. Even getting comfortable while sleeping can be a challenge when you have FBSS. Therefore, learning about different adjustments and modifications can increase your comfort and help you get a good night’s rest.
How to modify your sleep position to increase your comfort
The way in which you decide to adjust your sleep position will depend on your natural sleeping preferences. Here are some suggestions depending on whether you:
- Sleep on your side. If this position is the most comfortable one for you, try placing a pillow between your knees and keeping your knees slightly bent to protect the spine.
- Sleep on your back. If you prefer sleeping on your back, try placing a pillow below your knees to keep them slightly bent. This can help keep your spine in a natural and relaxed position. If needed, adding a towel or blanket under the lower back can provide additional support.
- Sleep on your stomach. This position can be tough on the spine. However, if this is the only position that’s comfortable for you, try adding a pillow or blanket under your hip area to help support the spine.
If you still can’t get comfortable while sleeping, you may want to explore different options for your mattress or pillows. The right choice for you will be based on your personal preferences and what you find most comfortable. Alternatively, you may find that sleeping in a more upright position, such as in a recliner, may be a better option depending on your FBSS symptoms.
How USA Spine Care can help
If FBSS continues to interfere with your ability to sleep and go about your daily routines, you may want to consider a minimally invasive spinal procedure at USA Spine Care. Our board-certified surgeons+ are highly skilled and experienced in performing outpatient surgeries to treat failed back surgery syndrome and many other spinal conditions.
For more information and to find out if you’re a candidate for one of our minimally invasive spinal procedures, contact USA Spine Care today.
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