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Old 08-25-2010, 02:24 PM   #1
Humberto Hernandez
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Herniated disk C5-C6

This is my story: 2.5 months ago, I hurt my neck while practicing brazilian jiujitsu. I thought it was just a sore muscle so I rested. But I remained active, biking and running. The pain was not too much at the beginning, just a stiff neck, but it started to get worst. I went to see the doctor (an orthopedist). x-rays didn't show anything. But the MRIs were clear. I have a disc herniation in C5-C6 and possibly C6-C7.

I went thru PT for 3 weeks, I am now feeling better. The Doctor saw me yesterday and my reflexes on the left arm are back (although they are a bit slow) so I may be able to avoid surgery.

For the next month I will only walk and do elliptical; But, I am wondering if I will eventually be able to do scaled the Crossfit workouts.

- Running - no. Head jumps.
- Elliptical - probably yes. Have you seen the elliptigo?
- Rowing - ?
- Pull ups - ?
- Push ups - ?
- Dips - ?
- Air Squat - Yes. I suppose
- Front Squat - ?
- Overhead Squat - No. I suppose.
- Shoulder Press - ?
- Push Press - ?
- Push Jerk - ?
- Deadlift - ?
- Sumo Deadlift High-Pull.
- Clean -
- Wall ball - no - I suppose, weight is overhead.
- Kettle bell - yes, I suppose.
- Box jumps, double under, jump tucks - No, I suppose head jumps too much.

I will not do anything unless I check with my doctor. But what do you think? How doable is to be able to crossfit without hurting my neck?
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Old 08-25-2010, 02:45 PM   #2
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Re: Herniated disk C5-C6

They'll heal, but its sketchy territory for you to be doing any of the movements on your own, or without very skilled guidance. I would find someone to actually clear all your movements by watching you-

definitely not high intensity, or pushing beyond form.
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Old 08-26-2010, 02:23 PM   #3
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Re: Herniated disk C5-C6

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They'll heal, but its sketchy territory for you to be doing any of the movements on your own, or without very skilled guidance. I would find someone to actually clear all your movements by watching you-

definitely not high intensity, or pushing beyond form.
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I'd run everything by a physical therapist.... most will want to go super conservative probably.

Cycling may be fine. You can get away with some good tabata intervals on it if you want to sweat/work hard
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