Pain during the day can really cramp your style and interfere with your daily functioning, but pain during the night is just as bad—if not worse. And back, leg, or hip pain can disrupt your sleep, setting you up for a whole world of problems, including depression, anxiety, and even a worsening of the pain that’s keeping you up at night in the first place.
If your pain is chronic or due to an injury or medical condition that won’t simply be resolved with a week or two of rest, you may not be able to rely on taking OTC pain relievers regularly. Instead, you may need to turn to an orthopedic knee pillow, which, contrary to its name, can help with more than just knee pain.
“Knee pillows help out with pain by realigning the spine when someone sleeps on their side,” says Blessen Abraham, DC, a chiropractor at Brunswick Health & Physical Therapy Center in New Jersey. “The hips are pushed together, which causes the knees to come together, [and] this puts your spine into an unnatural position.”
A knee pillow, Abraham explains, puts the spine back into proper alignment by lifting the knees and hips into their correct positions. This realignment can go a long way toward relieving hip pain, sciatic nerve pain, lower back pain, and—of course—pain along the legs and knees.
We researched dozens of knee pillows and evaluated them for cushion materials, cover materials, sizes available, firmness levels, and return policies. Each of the pillows chosen in this article were determined to be the best of these factors.
Here are the best knee pillows on the market today.