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Pinched Nerve 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.See 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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.
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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