Being bedridden is a tough and often overwhelming experience. It’s hard to find the right position in bed, sleep comfortably with limited mobility, and sometimes even get out of bed without assistance.
Some of us may be – at some point in our lives – in the unfortunate position where we are bedridden and need to use a back support for relief. These devices can help you get more comfortable while sitting up, they’ll also allow you to read books or watch TV without having to lift yourself up every time you turn a page or change channels.
Can Being Bedridden Cause Back Pain?
We all know that being bedridden can lead to a variety of health problems, but did you know it could also cause back pain? It is common for seniors who have been in bed and inactive for an extended period of time to experience some degree of back pain.
Back pain is a common problem for the elderly and bedridden. Bed rest can be a serious concern because it may lead to atrophy in the muscles, which could also cause back pain. A lot of people believe that being bedridden creates more pressure on the spine. The best way to avoid these consequences is to find ways for seniors or elderly patients who are bedridden, to exercise while they’re still in their beds.
I would recommend to get a doctor’s order for a home visit by a physical therapist for exercises and instructions on what kind of exercises would be best suited.
How Do You Make A Bedridden Patient Comfortable?
There are several products available to help make anyone who is bedridden more comfortable and safer and help to alleviate back pain. Just take a look at the ones I’m recommending below.
Bed Wedge Pillow
I gave this to my mother when she was diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis and needed to avoid laying down flat. But then when she became bedridden – the additional wedge for under her knees was a great blessing as it helped to keep her from getting bed sores on her heels.
Alternating Pressure Pad
This mattress pad helps to promote circulation and evenly distributes weight. It does all this by inflating and deflating sections of the mattress continuously. Again, another great way to help avoid bed sores and keep someone who is bedridden more comfortable.
Bed Body Pillow
A full size body pillow can be wonderful for side sleepers. It can be used to help keep your spine straight by placing one leg under it and the other over it. This can greatly help to reduce back pain.
Plus – it’s wonderful to snuggle up to this very comfortable pillow.
These products should help to alleviate some of the back pain that comes with immobility due to being bedridden. But as I mentioned earlier – consulting with a physical therapist can also provide you not only with exercises but with recommendations for hot and/or cold therapy products to further help you even more.