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A 41-year-old member asked:

Does exercise help with a hiatal hernia?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Indirectly, at best.: A hiatal hernia, by definition, is an enlarged opening in the diaphragm muscle that separates the chest from abdominal cavity. It is often used interchangeably with gerd; while often both present, they are distinctly separate diseases. Exercise may indirectly help gerd by leading to weight loss but it will not improve the anatomical abnormality of a hiatal hernia.
Dr. Vivek Huilgol
Gastroenterology 35 years experience
No effect : Exercise cannot improve the anatomical defect of a hiatal hernia. However losing weight, if overweight or obese, may lessen reflux though the hiatal hernia through lesser external presssure.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to develop a hiatal hernia from exercise?

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Dr. Erik Borncamp
Wound care 25 years experience
No: But exercises that increase the pressure in your abdomen (crunches) may exacerbate the symptoms of your hernia.

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