Doctors Lounge - Orthopedics AnswersBack to Orthopedics Answers List
If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. Doctors Lounge (www.doctorslounge.com) does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned on the Site.
DISCLAIMER: The information provided on www.doctorslounge.com is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her physician. Please read our 'Terms and Conditions of Use' carefully before using this site.
Date of last update: 10/01/2017.
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.
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||
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.
|| Check a doctor's response to similar questions|
Are you a Doctor, Pharmacist, PA or a Nurse?
Join the Doctors Lounge online medical community
Editorial activities: Publish, peer review, edit online articles.
Ask a Doctor Teams: Respond to patient questions and discuss challenging presentations with other members.