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Doctor insights on: Pinched Nerve Lifting Weights

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

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

Yes: Disc herniation can occur secondary to overloading its weight bearing capabilities as a disc is designed for carrying & distributing load as well as allowing for motion. Sometimes it is not just the amount of weight lifted but the incorrect way it was done or even related to a repetition mode of failure. Conditioning or lack of may also play a role as can muscle fatigue placing more load on disc. ...Read more

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Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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Could sleeping on the floor 2 nights on my shoulde caused a pinched nerve? Had a week of dull pain. Having some weakness with lifting weights now also

Could sleeping on the floor 2 nights on my shoulde caused a pinched nerve? Had a week of dull pain. Having some weakness with lifting weights now also

Not likely: and no lifting weights for a while. Nerve impingement can be caused by being sandwiched between two spinal bones, pressed by a bulging disc or encroached upon by bony overgrowth. Rec.: see an interventional pain management specialist for further investigation. ...Read more

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Had pinched nerve in back/left arm. Started lifting weights after it felt better. Now left arm is weak & MUCH smaller than right arm. What to do?

Had pinched nerve in back/left arm. Started lifting weights after it felt better. Now left arm is weak & MUCH smaller than right arm. What to do?

Pinched nerve damage: A pinched nerve can lose function and this may be irreversible. The nerve tells the muscle to work, and is the nerve is pinched and not working, the muscle will shrink. Until the nerve function recovers, the muscle will not work. This can be permanent and although some nerves function well when pinched, ongoing muscle weakness is a reason to see a spine specialist soon. ...Read more

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Can I still lift weights with a pinched nerve?

Can I still lift weights with a pinched nerve?

Lift & Pinched Nerve: Being able to lift weights depends on where the pinched nerve is. Some patients may end up cross training in other areas (Example swimming) while the source causing the pinched nerve (usually disc related) heals. Others will just simply cut back significantly on their total weight that they use and just perform more repetitions. If in the low back, may need to lay off things like squats. ...Read more

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Can lifting to much weights causes a pinched nerve?

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. ...Read more

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How to cure pinched nerve?

How to cure pinched nerve?

Usually no surgery: Most just get better with time. So anyone can claim a 90% success rate with their care as this is the natural history but lifestyle changes including exercise, smoking cessation and weight control are important especially in minimizing recurrences. Sometimes , physical therapy, activity modifications, medication and epidural steroid injections can be of benefit. ...Read more

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What to do for pinched nerve at 79?

Depends: Pinched nerves can be safe ly treated at any age. The decision depends on many factors, severity, disablement, health status and failure of conservative treatment. Minimally invasive surgery can be quick, efficient and helpful. Evaluation critical. ...Read more

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How to know if I have pinched nerve?

See your doctor.: A pinched nerve can produce very painful symptoms. If you are concerned, visit your physician. They can order additional testing and imaging studies, such as an MRI, to help obtain a diagnosis. ...Read more

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