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Lifting weights after neck surgery.

I was involved in a car accident in 2011 and due to lateral impact suffered a C1 C2 fracture. Surgery was preformed and a screw was inserted. Surgery and recovery went perfect. And I currently have no pain and about 95% ROM. My question is, before the accident I was big into fitness and weight lifting. For about 6 months I've been lifting light weights less than 50% of the max I was lifting before. Are there long term effects of lifting weights at all ? And what are the concerns of increasing the weight ? And are there exercises I should avoid all together ? My primary care Dr. stated that everything is how it should be and I should back off if I have pain or ROM issues.


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,842
    and other Gym related exercises are very difficult to provide information about. There are so many different variables.
    We do have an extensive section on exercises after spinal surgery
    Take a look at Exercise

    Still you should always contact your surgeon and/or doctor to discuss this and get their approval

    I have also requested that the medical team at Spine-Health look into seeing what could be added in terms of weights and weight conditioning after surgery.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • If you go to the top of this page and do a search for weightlifting, and then click forums you will find a lot of different weightlifters on here. I was thinking it seems like a lot in the last month. Hopefully that willl help. I was thinking today that I am glad I had no interest in weighlifting, because it seems to be causing a lot of problems. But that is me, I can't even lift a 6 lb bowling ball with out pain anymore- I have a 9yo who likes to bowl.
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