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A 27-year-old male asked:

Is bench pressing safe/okay for a person with degenerative discs?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Brian Chimenti
Sports Medicine 28 years experience
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.
Dr. Estylan Arellano
Emergency Medicine 15 years experience
To an extent: I assume the degenerative disc disease is in your spine (cervica/thoracic/lumbar) in that case, bench press should be fine as long as you are lifting reasonable weights (not too heavy). On the other hand, doing dead lifts may aggravate back pain.
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
Usually: If the degeneration is not severe, and if the workout can be done without causing back pain or neurologic symptoms, then a workout that strengthens the core can actually help delay deterioration and support the back/spine.
Dr. Peter Tomasello
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Lighter weights and more repotitons
Sep 15, 2013
Last updated Sep 28, 2016
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