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Is it safe to run or jog with a herniated disk in my lower back?

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Dr. Frank Holmes
Sports Medicine
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In brief: It depends...

Many have herniated or bulging disks in the lumbar spine that do not cause symptoms.
However, generally speaking, if a herniation is acute (occurring within a recent time period) and is causing symptoms, then running should be suspended. The high-impact nature of running may cause the symptoms to increase or persist. Swimming or the elliptical generally are better choices in this situation.

In brief: It depends...

Many have herniated or bulging disks in the lumbar spine that do not cause symptoms.
However, generally speaking, if a herniation is acute (occurring within a recent time period) and is causing symptoms, then running should be suspended. The high-impact nature of running may cause the symptoms to increase or persist. Swimming or the elliptical generally are better choices in this situation.
Dr. Frank Holmes
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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: If comfortable

Use pain as your guide cont if comfortable something low impact is a better choice.

In brief: If comfortable

Use pain as your guide cont if comfortable something low impact is a better choice.
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