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    Posted: Mar 01 2012 at 9:58pm
Our user asked: "I have two herniated discs in my neck but want to get back to upper body (chest, arms, shoulder) weight lifting. What do you suggest that allows me to work the upper body while not putting stress on my neck?"
 
Ask a PT Response: "For a patient of mine that would have this condition, I would have him or her perform weight lifting with LIGHT weights. Utilization of universal weight machines would be recommended initially as this would allow for increase control and support with lifting. Any lifting exericses where the patient feels actual stress on the neck wouldn't be recommended along with any exericses which requires much movement at the neck (ie. bringing chin to chest and back - dead lift). I hope this helps."
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