Effect of Weightlifting on Degenerative Disc Disease


With age, some people begin to suffer from degenerative disc disease (DDD). This happens when the intervertebral discs between the vertebrae begin to wear and tear. If your back pain spreads to the upper thighs and buttocks, you may have DDD. Weightlifting, if done well, may help improve the symptoms of ddd, but you should not start weightlifting without discussing it with a doctor or physiotherapist.

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span= "article-image inner caption-class"> Some types of weightlifting are beneficial to those with ddd. (Image: Wavebreakmedia/iStock/Getty Images)

stabilization program

If you suffer from low back pain due to DDD, the physiotherapist may give you a stabilization program, including exercise muscles that use your weight to increase COR intensity. This will help you prepare for safe weightlifting, which will further strengthen your muscles and limit your back pain. Examples of stabilization training include supine, bipedal marching, bridge building, supine, arm and leg lifting

Once your doctor or physiotherapist approves weight lifting training, choose exercises that enhance your back, abdomen, legs and arms so that you can limit the stress on your spine in your daily activities. While lifting weights, stop before losing weight. A study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine in 2001 found that this combination of static and dynamic weightlifting training is most effective in strengthening the muscles of chronic lower back pain.

Weightlifting Safety

During weightlifting training, measures should be taken to limit the risk of further injury. Use lower weights and higher repetitions instead of heavier weights, try using machines instead of free weights, and use observers when using free weights. Ask your doctor if he advises you to wear a weight loss belt to protect your back when lifting weights.

Notes If you have degenerative disc disease, consult your doctor or physiotherapist to determine what exercise you should take and how much weight you should lift. Some exercises are not recommended for people with back problems, including lifts, snatches, clean and jerks and squats, because these exercises are more likely to damage your back.