Weight Lifting and Risk of Hernia

Weight Lifting and Risk of Hernias

When an organ such as the bowel pushes through the muscular wall containing it, it comes to abdominal and groin hernias. Does weight lifting increases risk of hernia?

A study from Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska, showed that weight lifting doesn’t increase the risk of hernia and that the risk of hernia wasn’t higher in weightlifters than other people.

Hernias are more common in men than women. If it comes to hernias resulting in intestinal strangulation, emergency surgery is necessary; however people with minor or absent symptoms can get by with watchful waiting. Most people with these hernias will eventually need surgery. Uncomplicated hernias can be repaired under local anaesthesia, but more serious hernias demand general anesthesia and have more side effects.

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Written by Jenny Nickelson

Jenny Nickelson has been a sports enthusiast since childhood. Because of her deep love to water, she started training swimming in early years. Today she swears on variety and does it all: from swimming, running and cycling to fitness, skiing, dancing and mountaineering.


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