Best mattress for OA of hip???

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   Posted 2/17/2011 8:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I'd like to know if anyone who suffers from OA of the hip can offer me an experienced opinion about what kind of mattress is most comfortable for the condition.

My mother is 82 and has OA in both hips. I want to get her a new bed and it seems to me that the design / firmness of the mattress could have a strong influence on the amount of joint pain or mobility she has while up & around during the day, as well as her comfort while sleeping.

She is small in size and probably will be having one hip replaced in the near future. She has always been pretty mobile, but has been having a lot more pain & limited mobility lately.

I would be very grateful to hear from anyone who has experience or knowledge about this.


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   Posted 2/17/2011 3:39 PM (GMT -7)   
We got a new mattress about 3 years before I started having hip problems. It was firm and if I laid on my side, my pain kept me awake. I am not a back sleeper. We bought a 3" memory foam mattress topper for the bed. It made ALL the difference. It alleviated all the pressure on my hips and shoulders too!

Another thing, does your mother sleep with a small pillow between her knees. If she is sleeping on her side, it will greatly help the hip she is NOT lying on. It keeps the leg fromrotating inward and placing stress on the hip.

Can your mother manage to go to the mattress store and try out a variety of mattresses?
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   Posted 2/18/2011 3:30 PM (GMT -7)   
We have the pillow top, top of the line and I love it however I do sleep with 3 pillows.  A lot of my pain is in the back so the support of the pillows helps.
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   Posted 2/18/2011 3:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I had terrible hip pain while sleeping; we bought a Sears-o-pedic pillow top and I am much more comfortable.
Mattress comfort is such an individual thing; it's hard to recommend one for someone else!
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   Posted 2/19/2011 7:59 AM (GMT -7)   
I whole heartedly agree with the memory foam topper! I got a 3" foam topper a few years ago and it made a huge difference on how it made my hips feel. I also use a comforter between my legs - I can't do pillows because I just kick them away when I am sleeping.

Btw, if you go to you can find a cheaper one then at a store. They charge wholesale prices instead of market.
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   Posted 2/22/2011 7:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for your advice. it was very helpful. i bought a pillow top that includes memory foam. thanks for being a resource on this.

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   Posted 2/23/2011 9:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Sounds like a great choice,  sleep well and let us know how you like the mattress.

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   Posted 3/22/2011 10:50 AM (GMT -7)   
  Guess my advice is too late, but my chiropractor suggested a sleep number bed for me.  Bought one and love it.  The doc said that he uses this bed also.

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   Posted 3/22/2011 1:43 PM (GMT -7)   
It does sound like each person does well with different beds.  I have slept on a memory bed in a hotel and when I first sat on it I thought - NO Way !
I slept like a baby.  I sleep with 4 pillows one for each knee, one for my head and one to cuddle.  cool
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   Posted 3/22/2011 7:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I have read a lot of good testimonials from people w/OA about the memory foam bed.

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