Could The Therapeutic Pillow Be The Best Pillow For Neck Surgery?
There are many good cervical pillows for neck pain to choose from. In fact, the list of pillows seem endless, with everyone claiming theirs is the best. Because everyone is different, there are really no pillows for any specific neck related symptoms, however, some really stand out.
One in particular is the therapeutic pillow. This pillow has many years of providing relief; from helping to restore the natural curve in the neck, relief from neck pain symptoms like stiff muscles and headaches, to helping with more serious conditions like advanced disc degeneration and pinched nerve symptoms that cause neck, shoulder and arm problems.
Despite attempts at treating neck symptoms, in some cases, surgery is required. Often this surgery involves fusing of the bones. While this may provide a solution for symptoms, too often, neck problems persist. Many times, finding a pillow that allows a good night’s sleep after neck surgery can be troublesome. We hear stories of closets full of pillows that don’t work. This is frustrating and expensive.
The problem is that the same surgery, for the same symptoms, can produce different results. Details like health status, age, weight, condition of mattress, pre-existing conditions and comorbid conditions (other existing health problems) all play a role. Often, when a condition involves the neck and upper back, extra support for the upper back as well as the neck can make a difference.
What Is The Best Pillow For Neck Surgery?
There is no “neck surgery pillow”, however, we often recommend a few options:
The posture med pillow is designed by a doctor for his own neck problem, advanced degenerative disc disease. It is a pillow that is upside down in what is sometimes used with layered memory foam, but it is one that has been good for sensitive necks. It is soft, breathable and uses quality American made foam. It avoids fillers such as sand that are sometimes used in mass marketed, cheaper memory foam pillows. It was never meant to be sold, but we talked the doctor into letting us try and it has been very helpful for many people with neck problems, even some with surgery who want a soft, yet supportive pillow.
The posture med is a uniform, contour pillow – it is the same throughout the entire pillow. The other 2 options recommended for neck surgery fall into a category of pillows that use separate areas for side and back sleeping positions. These pillows provide correct posture for both positions, but are different in the center than on the sides. With these pillows, it is necessary to use conscious movement when changing positions. For those with significant neck problems, this is not much of a problem at all. However, if you are on medication that permits a deep sleep, this may not be the best option because you do not want to wake up in the middle back sleeping position while on your side, or on the side portions while on your back.
The therapeutic pillow. It has a special section that supports the upper back called a thoracic wedge. This can help those with neck and upper back pain when back sleeping, as well as provide support and comfort when side sleeping. It is made of a recycled foam that is medium density, so it is not too soft or too hard.
So, here are 2 good options. Sometimes it may require a combination of pillows to work.
Is The Therapeutic Pillow The Best Pillow For Neck Surgery?
I want to share this with you regarding a customer and his experience with his wife looking for a pillow for her neck surgery. I am leaving out any personal details to protect identity as requested.
“Dear Sir or Madam, a couple of weeks back while researching for some relief for my wife, I came upon your website. I purchased one of your neck pillows for her; order number ——————-. In 2010 my wife had her cervical vertebra fused from C-2 through T-1, she has been in constant pain since that surgery and wholly unable to have a restful night’s sleep. That has suddenly changed, from the first night she slept on the pillow you designed she has had restful sleep and no longer wakes up every few minutes in pain, moaning and desperately seeking support which would stop the pain.”
“Thank you to the designers who came up with this product, it is a God send and will hopefully continue to provide the support she needs to re-generate through sleep and have a decent quality of life.”
“Thank you again, from the bottom of my heart.”
This was our response:
“Dear Mr. ___________,”
“I am so very glad you took the time to write us about Mrs. ____________ and that she is doing better with the pillow. We are so happy it has made a difference and there could be no greater reward for us than your generous remarks and to hear how pleased you are with your wife’s response to our product. Please send her our very best and if there is anything we can do, do not hesitate to contact us.”
The gentleman generously agreed to let us reproduce his letter on this site, so that others in similar circumstances might benefit from it.
So, while there is no one pillow that will help everybody and no “neck surgery pillow”, the therapeutic pillow gets a big vote here.
Based on this experience, I was talking to a customer on the phone who was ordering a heating pad and neck brace. She had mentioned that she had fusion surgery some time ago and was trying to get some relief. I asked her how she was sleeping. She said not well and did have problems finding a pillow that worked. Being so inspired by the above experience, I related the above to her regarding the therapeutic pillow. She was very impressed. I told her that it may not do the same for her, but it just struck me when talking to her that perhaps this might be something she could look into, since it reminded me of what the gentleman above had said regarding his wife. She immediately visited the therapeutic pillow page on the website, took a quick measure and ordered the pillow as well. Hopefully, I can update this page with some good news to see if this pillow gets another vote for the best pillow for neck surgery. If it does not help her, and my fingers are crossed that it does, it is still a lesson on how to be a good husband.