Can I lift weights with an inguinal or umbilical hernia?

On a previous occasion we answered a question that you probably have done at some point in your life, especially if you know a family member or friend who has suffered: How to know if you have a hernia. It is a sac formed by the lining of the abdominal cavity, which passes through a weak area or hole in the strong layer of the fascia (abdominal wall that surrounds the muscle).

Of course, depending on its location we can distinguish different types of hernias: inguinal, umbilical, hiatal, femoral, surgical or eventration. Its causes are very varied: lifting heavy objects, making an effort when being in the bathroom (for example, in case of chronic constipation), or carrying out any activity that involves raising the pressure inside the abdominal area.

In the particular case of inguinal hernia It is characterized by being a very frequent condition, especially in men, which consists of the exit of part of the abdominal viscera outwards through holes in the abdominal wall. Once it appears, its only treatment is surgery.

We can distinguish at this time two types of inguinal hernias:

  • Direct inguinal hernia: the hole is formed artificially in the abdominal wall.
  • Indirect inguinal hernia: all men have a small internal inguinal orifice that allows the passage of different blood vessels of the testicle and the seminal duct. However, in some cases this hole is somewhat larger, and a hernia can form.

In the case of umbilical hernia It is characterized as a protrusion of the contents of the abdominal cavity by a weak point of the umbilical ring as a result of a defect in the closure of the abdominal wall. It is the most common in children and adults, especially in women and in obese people.

If you practice regularly Weightlifting and you have been diagnosed inguinal hernia, you may have doubts related to your practice. In this sense, the use of a girdle is recommended, which helps to support the effort at the time of carrying a lot of weight and reduces pain or discomfort. And always do the exercise properly, without making much effort and loading the weights correctly.

However, if you feel a lot of discomfort obviously it is recommended to stop the practice of physical strength exercise until the surgical treatment helps in its resolution.

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