Whilst training in thai-boxing last year I suffered a central and paracentral disc prolapse compressing the c7 root on the left hand side which left me with debilitating hyperaesthesia for two months. It’s left me with numbness in two of my fingers and a bit of a stiff neck. Since then, against doctors orders, I’ve had two fights which haven’t really made my condition any worse. However, some months ago, during training I started to experance stiffness in the neck and shoulder of my right arm, and as a result, stopped training.
When I train at a low level my symptoms don’t really bother me, but when training at a higher level I get a return to the stiffness and some mild pain. This happens if I use kettlebells (weights) or box.
Recently I’ve been thinking that if I’m going to be stuck with pain whenever I train hard, I may as well have a go at thai-boxing again. A sport I love with a passion, and one that many people tell me that I could be a champion in.
I’m 29 and don’t have long left before I’d be unable to make it at a high level, but, I’m very conscious of really buggering myself up.
Has anyone here gone back to competing in contact sports after a cervical prolapse before?
P.S. Does anyone do neck bridging exercises to strengthen their neck muscles?