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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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3 yrs ago, happy (38yo, m). Did mostly cardio, then started weights. Pinch nerve neck, shaky with anxiety/insomnia since. Feel bet. Lie down. Life slowly down since, lifeless now. Many workups, all neg.

3 yrs ago, happy (38yo, m). Did mostly cardio, then started weights. Pinch nerve neck, shaky with anxiety/insomnia since. Feel bet. Lie down. Life slowly down since, lifeless now. Many workups, all neg.

Workup: You said you have a pinched nerve, but a negative workup. Have you had an mri? Have you seen a pain specialist for evaluation and possible epidural steroid injections (assuming you do have pinched nerve).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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What does a pinched nerve feel like?

What does a pinched nerve feel like?

Variable symptoms: Patients can have varying degrees of pain, weakness, and/or numbness.

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How to know if I have a pinched nerve?

How to know if I have a pinched nerve?

Need MRI: If you are concerned, I would consider asking your physician to order you an MRI to evaluate your spine.

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What are the symptoms of a pinched nerve?

What are the symptoms of a pinched nerve?

None to multiple: This is typically a layman's term for a disc herniation. Most have no symptoms and are seen fairly frequently on imaging studies. Symptoms can range from pain in the spine, in the extremities, numbness, tingling, weakness & bowel/bladder problems. If at a thoracic or cervical level maybe gait, balance or spasticity issues as well as dexterity problems. This is known as a myleopathy.

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How to treat a pinched nerve?

Generic answer: Variety of different approaches based on which nerve, and where. Surgery might be an answer for ruptured disc, pinching nerve in neck or back. Carpal tunnel, cubital tunnel, nerves decompressed at wrist and elbow. Sometimes local steroid injections, even epidural steroids may stabilize the compression. Never hurts to supplement with one b-100 complex daily, and meds useful for symptoms.

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What causes rid of a pinched nerve?

What causes rid of a pinched nerve?

Disc herniation: Natural history, or the normal healing process, varies between people. However, symptoms can begin and disappear in days. Generally, I give my patients 6 weeks to 3 months for healing. Thereafter, it is likely to be prolonged without surgical treatment. The benefit of surgery is faster return to work/activities, but ultimate result years down the road is equivalent with/without surgery.

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What to do for a pinched nerve in neck?

Trickey: If you have a definate diagnosis either by MRI and emg, then ask your pcp to refer you to an interventional pain doctor. Epidural steroid injection may be very helpful.

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Pinched nerve near scapula, what to do?

Neck or scapula: A thorough physical exam and history to determine if it is scapular pain or referred pain. A neck disc is commonly referred to scapula, and an MRI is sometimes diagnostic.

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Symptoms of pinched nerve in lower back?

Leg pain: "pinched nerve" implies a pinched spinal nerve root, if that's what you mean. Symptoms are usually pain into the buttock and down the leg at least to the knee, sometimes the foot or inner thigh.

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