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Four activities to avoid when dealing with a degenerative cervical spine

Degenerative cervical spine is an umbrella term used to refer to various progressive conditions affecting the neck and upper back, such as osteoarthritis and degenerative disc disease. The cervical spine includes seven vertebrae that run from C1 (at the base of the skull) to C7 (at the top of the back). This portion of the spine is extremely important, as it is responsible for supporting and moving the head, as well as allowing for proper blood flow to the brain. Someone living with a degenerative cervical spine condition may experience various unpleasant symptoms, including pain, tingling and numbness.

If you’re living with a degenerative spine condition in the neck, you may want to avoid the following four activities, as they could potentially worsen your condition or exacerbate your symptoms:

  1. Lifting weights. Even if you’re an experienced weightlifter, you should refrain from lifting weights if you’ve been diagnosed with a degenerative cervical spine condition, as doing so puts excess stress on the neck and back. Individuals who are new to weightlifting are at an even greater risk of worsening their condition, as improper posture can lead to further injuries.
  2. Hitting golf balls. Hitting golf balls, whether on the course or at a driving range, can be harmful for someone with a degenerative cervical spine condition because the movement and force needed to hit a golf ball could move the spine out of its proper position.
  3. Riding rollercoasters. If you’ve been diagnosed with a degenerative cervical spine condition, you should avoid riding rollercoasters and other jarring amusement park rides. The sudden movements associated with these rides may place excess pressure on the spine and cause the spine to move into abnormal positions.
  4. Playing contact sports. Contact sports such as football, hockey and lacrosse involve the inherent risk of collisions with other players. This can be especially dangerous for someone living with a degenerative cervical spine condition because a forceful collision could further harm the already damaged discs.

If you’re living with a degenerative cervical spine condition and you’ve attempted to relieve your symptoms using conservative treatment methods but have been unsuccessful, please contact USA Spine Care today. Our minimally invasive outpatient surgeries are a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back procedures.^ We would be happy to perform a free MRI review* to let you know whether you might be a candidate for our minimally invasive procedures.

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