A 33-year-old male asked:
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is bench pressing safe/okay for a person with degenerative discs?

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Dr. Brian Chimenti
26 years experience Sports Medicine
DDD: Benchpress and other exercises with your back supported are generally well tolerated even with the generative disc disease as long as you keep the weight reasonable. Axial type compression exercises on the other hand should be avoided such as military press.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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