The simple answer is yes, weightlifting is generally good for a degenerated disc problem. Of course, you should consult your doctor before doing any exercises, especially if you are already experiencing pain.
The real problem is that often this condition is termed as degenerative disc disease, which is partially a misnomer. A disease is typically thought to be a progressive condition. A degenerated disc is not a disease. Secondly, it is not a situation that will get worse.
In fact, it is a condition that typically gets better, and it can get much better by lifting weights.
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What Is a Degenerated Disc?
A degenerated disc is actually a very common condition, and it occurs when the spinal discs fail to get proper hydration and they lose their flexibility. This can happen because of an injury, but more often than not this occurs as a person gets older.
Once these natural shock absorbers are compromised it creates a muscular imbalance that can lead to minor to severe pain and discomfort.
As stated earlier, this condition is often called a disease, but the reality is that it is not a disease and there is a fair amount of discussion over the practice of calling it a disease. Many professionals tend to call it a condition.
Whatever you prefer to call it, this is a condition that can occur and reoccur for many years, if not the rest of your life, if left untreated.
The next question many have about this condition is, “What will it mean in the future?” Many people wonder if they will be able to live a normal life. Will they be able to walk, run, play sports, or lift weights?
The biggest question that many ask is: “Will I avoid ending up in a wheelchair?” The answer is a resounding yes.
What Type of Weightlifting Is Good to Do With Degenerated Discs?
Since the degenerated disc problem stems from the spine, strength training exercises that are meant to strengthen to muscles surrounding the spine are a perfect way to prevent the progression of a degenerative disc problem. The goal here is to strengthen the stability of the spine and certain strength training exercises can do just that.
Strength training and weight training exercises, such as exercises for your back and core, are the primary sorts of exercises that will help strengthen and support your spinal column. However, it is important to remember that certain techniques should be observed when lifting weights in this situation.
There are two specific types of technique to use when lifting weights. The best way to do this with a disc problem is to remember to lift weights in an isometric method because isometric lifting allows for less movement. This can be especially important until you have built up the necessary muscles to give your spine more stability.
The isotonic technique is the other method but is something that you should avoid.
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What Type of Weightlifting Is Not Good to Do With a Degenerated Disc?
Just like with any weightlifting plan, you will want to proceed with caution. As stated before, isometric methods are best in these situations, and you need to focus on the muscle groups that will best support your spine. You will want to:
- Avoid isotonic exercise. This type of exercise will often include a bit more movement, and in these cases, that sort of movement can lead to more harm than good.
- Consider monitoring the intensity of your weightlifting routine. Always remember to avoid the clean and jerk, the deadlift, the snatch, and back squat. These exercises can pose the greatest risk for aggravating a degenerated disk condition.
- Consider wearing a belt for extra back support. While there is some debate as to whether a belt actually helps, it is best to speak with your doctor or trainer to find out whether or not you should wear one while you train.
- Always work with a spotter. While working with weights is always safer with a spotter, when you have a degenerated disc, it is vital to have someone spot for you. This way, if you get into a situation where the pain gets too bad and you can’t continue on, you will have someone to help you.
- Consult with your doctor to make sure your style of weightlifting is safe to do.
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