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Exercise tips for C-5 herniated disk

2 weeks ago I was recently diagnosed with a herniated disk between my C-5/6. I have severe arm pain but I am getting physical therapy done. I want to speed up the process. Can someone give me any exercise tips I can do at home or treatments.


  • As I was in limbo waiting for my surgery to be scheduled at the C4/5 level I was at a loss when it came to exercise. Before the flare up and need for surgery I was training hard in the gym and when I was forced to stop it was heart breaking. I found an amazing water aerobics class (sounds a bit foofoo but is not). I altered many of the exercises that I knew were bad for my neck but being able to move my body and know I was getting a decent workout in was amazing... Not to mention exercise helps my mood in drastic measures. I remained in water aerobics until the day before surgery and as soon as I was cleared to go in the water after surgery I did a lot of my rehab in the water. Good luck
    10-10-12 Endoscopic Foraminotomy, Laminectomy, Facetectomy and Complete Nerve Root Decompression.
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