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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)?

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Dr. Carol Van der Harst
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Kim Fagan
In addition to the "plank" this is another excellent alternative to the standard crunch while at the same time protecting the neck.
Dr. Robert Masson
Neurosurgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Core strength

See an exercise health specialist who understands subtleties.
There are many ways to maximize core abdominal strength without placing unnecessary wear and tear on the discs injured in the neck. A disc injury should not keep you from being fit and strong.

In brief: Core strength

See an exercise health specialist who understands subtleties.
There are many ways to maximize core abdominal strength without placing unnecessary wear and tear on the discs injured in the neck. A disc injury should not keep you from being fit and strong.
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Dr. Kim Fagan
Sports Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Avoidance

As a sports medicine doc as well as someone who has suffered with a herniated cervical disc i would recommend you avoid abdominal crunches that place a strain on your neck.
Crunch enthusiast will tell you that if done with correct form it will not strain your neck, however, I have found that not to be true. Substitute "plank" exercise for a great core workout. Your neck and abs appreciate.

In brief: Avoidance

As a sports medicine doc as well as someone who has suffered with a herniated cervical disc i would recommend you avoid abdominal crunches that place a strain on your neck.
Crunch enthusiast will tell you that if done with correct form it will not strain your neck, however, I have found that not to be true. Substitute "plank" exercise for a great core workout. Your neck and abs appreciate.
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