The Pillow Cure
For years, the standard pillow for those with neck issues has been a crudely formed foam number, which is about as sexy as the cervical collar that is its daytime mate. There are a few data sets to roughly gauge the size of the market for a product that would address the sleep/pain nexus. In 2012, 14 percent of adult Americans said they had neck pain within a three-month period; in 2010, another survey noted that there were more than 10 million visits to doctors’ offices for complaints related to neck pain. As it turns out, said Robert Gotlin, MD, director of orthopedic and sports rehabilitation at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, we are designed for failure. “The fact is, from age 25 on, this process of failure begins,” he continued cheerfully. As far as pillows are concerned, he said: “The real answer is, there is no answer.
- Dr. Robert Gotlin, Associate Professor, Rehabilitation Medicine, Orthopaedics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Director, Orthopaedic and Sports Rehabilitation, Mount Sinai Beth Israel