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Can doing core exercises help with belly fat? I have a torn disc in my back. Will the core exercises help protect the disc from irritation in future?

Yes and no: While any physical activity can help you burn calories and lose weight, directed activity toward you abdominal area would help the most and build the most muscle. ...Read more

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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...Read more


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What exercise modification of a floor abdominal crunch would you prescribe for an individual who has a bulging cervical disc(s)?

What exercise modification of a floor abdominal crunch would you prescribe for an individual who has a bulging cervical disc(s)?

Reverse Crunch: Lie down with head comfortably on towel or small pillow. Bring one knee up to 90 degress, then the other. Press arms into the floor. Tighten stomach and draw knees closer to chest, lifting buttocks if possible. May use object between knees also. Breathe and count with each contraction. Holding breath will aggravate discs. ...Read more

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Is it possible to put a herniated disk back into place with yoga exercises?

Is it possible to put a herniated disk back into place with yoga exercises?

No: In most instances, herniated disc are resorbed by the body. They do not go back into place. Often what are described as disc bulging on lumbar mri's are actually bony spurs or discosteophyte complexes. They do not resorb. Kind of counter intuitive, the larger the disc herniation the faster the disc resorbs. This is thought to be because the large disc herniation stirs up a larger immune response. ...Read more

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Help please! is deadlift primarily a back exercise or a leg exercise?

Help please! is deadlift primarily a back exercise or a leg exercise?

Both: This exercise works both legs and back. Be sure someone is watching you perform this exercise to ensure proper form to prevent injury. ...Read more

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What is the maximum weight that I can lift/carry with a L4/L5 disc bulge and L5/S1 disc herniation with an annular tear?

What is the maximum weight that I can lift/carry with a L4/L5 disc bulge and L5/S1 disc herniation with an annular tear?

Impossible to say: You should ask the doctors who are treating you back issues, not someone who has never examined you or seen your MRI. ...Read more

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What exercise is there to strengthen abs with a lumbar fusion? Safe exercise! the fusion is 15 yrs old with leg pain.

What exercise is there to strengthen abs with a lumbar fusion?  Safe exercise! the fusion is 15 yrs old with leg pain.

Postop exercises: 15 years postop, there is nothing i would restrict you from doing as long as it didn't create discomfort. I would suggest less emphasis on abs, and more emphasis on core for back pain. Pilates, yoga, piyo are great options. If you are dead set on abs exercises, then any program you like is fine. There are a million different versions: insanity, p90x all have great abs workouts as part of their dvd. ...Read more

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Will physical therapy help a reverse curvature in a cervical spine?

Will physical therapy help a reverse curvature in a cervical spine?

It depends...: The cervical spine can appear more straight on x-ray if a patient is having neck pain. This is caused by muscle spasms and how a patient might hold their neck when in pain. Physical therapy can help this by relieving the neck pain. However, if a patient has a reverse curvature of their spine from abnormalities in their cervical discs or bones, this will not be corrected by physical therapy. ...Read more

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Is there any way i can exercise with a herniated disk?

Is there any way i can exercise with a herniated disk?

Varies: Generally, cardiovascular exercises that do not aggravate symptoms are fine even if it means cross training ie swimming, treading water, walking, biking, elliptical, stairmaster but running could aggravate symptoms but not always but avoid rowing and any raquet sports and golf but walk the paths. Yoga and pilates are also options. ...Read more

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Have lattice degeneration with a retinal hole . No treatment required. Can I do abdominal exercises, situps, the plank, pressups, legraises and squats?

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Have lattice degeneration with a retinal hole . No treatment required. Can I do abdominal exercises, situps, the plank, pressups, legraises and squats?

Lattice: That is absolutely fine! if you start to see lots of floating objects, flashing lights, or a dark curtain in your vision, then please call your local ophthalmologist right away! ...Read more

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Have 8 hern. discs, spinal facet arth., deg. disc dis., and more. Losing weight and core strengthening. Would a lumb/sac belt ever be an good option?

Have 8 hern. discs, spinal facet arth., deg. disc dis., and more.  Losing weight and core strengthening. Would a lumb/sac belt ever be an good option?

It may help with : your symptoms in conjunction with a well executed exercise program combining: flexibility, cardiovascular conditioning and core strengthening. You may want to start this program under the guidance of your physician and a physical therapist and transition to a home program. ...Read more

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Is there an external belt or brace that can help carry upper body's weight for weak pelvic floor muscles? Would a brace for si joint pain work?

Is there an external belt or brace that can help carry upper body's weight for weak pelvic floor muscles? Would a brace for si joint pain work?

Pelvic floor support: That's a difficult area to support. I don't know of any bracing that would benefit that area. A pelvic band for si joint compression would not help the pelvic floor. ...Read more

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Which lower body lifting exercises can I do with a meniscal injury. My doctor has cleared me for walking and stairs without a brace or krutches?

Which lower body lifting exercises can I do with a meniscal injury. My doctor has cleared me for walking and stairs without a brace or krutches?

Need more info: Do you have a mensical tear? If you do and had a surgical menisectomy, usually my patients are walking within a few days, then stationary biking, then running in 3-4 weeks. Things like stairs and crouching are variable based on quad strength and body weight. ...Read more

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I read bouncing on exercise ball will help disc heal. Is that true for a degenetated & bulging disc?

I read bouncing on exercise ball will help disc heal. Is that true for a degenetated & bulging disc?

No: Discs typically do not heal. However, that doesn't mean that you can't live pain-free. A ruptured disk will often shrink away from a nerve. A herniated or bulging disk as you call it can move around but bouncing on a ball does not promise which direction it moves. If you are having symptoms, see a physical therapist or chiropractor. ...Read more

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Any way to exercise with a strained lcl?

Any way to exercise with a strained lcl?

Possibly: If there is a mild grade 1 sprain, one might be able to exercise with a brace that provides medial/ lateral if there is a grade 2 or 3 sprain, you will probably be out for between 4 and 6 weeks. ...Read more

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Can physical therapy help a reverse curvature in my cervical spine?

Probably not: But it an help with the symptoms you may be having as a result of this. Cervical traction and physical therapy can help with the neck pain along with nerve root impingement in many cases before surgery is needed. ...Read more

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Can spinal stenos which is the cause of my sciatic pain. Get better with stretches, pilates, and water aerobics?

Can spinal stenos which is the cause of my sciatic pain. Get better with stretches, pilates, and water aerobics?

Spinal stenosis.: Unfortunately, spinal stenosis as a condition will not improve with those efforts. Exercise may help you feel better in the long run as far as your mobility and pain level, but won't stop the progression of the actual condition. ...Read more

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Can you end up with a herniated disk without a known injury ?

Can you end up with a herniated disk without a known injury ?

Yes: Inter-vertebral discs can rupture spontaneously without any obvious cause. Most feel that this is due to an inherent weakness in the capsule of the disc. Some believe that it is an inherited problem. ...Read more

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Can i return to doing mat and Pilates apparatus after total cerv disc replacement? This is important to me.

Can i return to doing mat and Pilates apparatus after total cerv disc replacement? This is important to me.

Yes: Disc replacement is designed to replace the normal function of the disc. I usually let my patients back to full activity 6 weeks postop. The implant needs some time to integrate to your vertebrae. Check with your surgeon. ...Read more

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What can prevent herniated disc?

What can prevent herniated disc?

Core Exercises: Typically core strengthening exercises are the best to help relieve pressure and forces in the spine. I would try and google some or look them up on youtube to see descriptions. If you can do them yourself, wonderful otherwise ask your doctor to get a referral to a good physical therapist for further assistance. ...Read more

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