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Forum Name: Spinal problems and back pain

Question: Herniated cervical disc


 Orelenok - Wed Oct 28, 2009 2:24 pm

I have a mild cervical (c6-c7) herniated disc.
Undergoing conservative (medication) treatment - which, actually, helps.
Questions:
1) I still have some residual pain now (it's been one week on meds). Can I stretch my neck (a lot of people advise complete stability), but I always feel like stretching my neck, nothing crazy, just up-down, left-right motions?
2) Can I do some mild work out, aka swim, squads, abs?
 Tom Plamondon PA-C - Sun Nov 01, 2009 7:30 pm

User avatar Hello,
There are some specific exercises and treatment through physical therapy which addresses mild cervical disc bulge.
This would include traction and therapeutic exercise.
In the least, one visit at rehab would give you a home exercise program.
I would wait to do crutches or sit up as the neck is usually strained too much. Swimming may be fine but freestyle involves repetitive head turning in order to breathe.
Squats and push ups should be fine. Turning the head from side to side and up/down shouldn't be a problem in terms of damage to the disc.

Take care.

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