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A 51-year-old female asked:

Can lifting to much weights causes a pinched nerve?

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Dr. Nayla Mumneh
Allergy and Immunology 29 years experience
Yes: It can you need to be careful and not overdo it.
Dr. Robert Kent
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 12 years experience
Yes: Lifting weights can cause disc herniations or progression of the herniations which can lead to 'pinched nerves'. It can also lead to arthritis and foraminal narrowing and facet arthropathy long term, again giving the feeling of pinched nerves. While weightlifting is generally good for you, proper technique is integral to avoiding these issues. You can also have peripheral entrapment issues also.

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Is it possible to get a pinched nerve as a result of lifting weights?

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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 31 years experience
Yes: Thats why they tell you to exhale when lifting. Holding breath while liftiing increases intrabdominal pressureand vetebral disc pteesures herniation can occur and pinch a nerve cause leg pain siatica.

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