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Certain strenuous physical activities can cause hernia


What is the hernia?


Hernias happen when internal organs, such as intestines, protrude through a weak point or tear in the lower abdominal wall, forming a lump in the abdomen or groin.



Symptoms of hernia


Symptoms of hernias can depend on the severity and location. Common signs and symptoms include: A lump or bulge in the abdomen or groin, which emerges when standing up and disappears upon lying down; Frequent pain or discomfort, particularly when heavy lifting, coughing, or straining; A heavy, pulling sensation near the lump.


Exercises may cause hernia


A hernia may occur when certain activities (i.e. weight lifting and dragon boating) increase pressure against the abdominal wall or against a muscle weakness in the abdominal wall. If you experience an abdominal pain when exercising, you should never ignore it.


Problems associated with hernia


If you suspect you have a hernia, please contact your primary care provider or a specialist. If left alone, hernia may get bigger in time and becomes irreducible. There is always a danger of intestine trapping inside the hernia leading to blockage of the gut and some life-threatening complications, such as intestinal strangulation and subsequent infarction, and death of bowel tissue.


How to diagnose the hernia?


Doctor will perform a physical examination of the abdomen or groin area to examine the lump or bulge. Other diagnostic tools may include an ultrasound or CT scan.


Tips for exercising safely



  • Stretching or warming up before lifting a heavy object to avoid stretching a muscle;
  • Keeping your back straight and bending from your knees and not from your waist;
  • Supporting your back with a weight lifting belt, when lifting weights;
  • Avoiding exercises that force you to hold your breath
  • Being careful while performing crunches or benching
  • Avoid lifting objects that are too heavy for you
  • Remembering to breathe correctly while exercising.


*The above information is for reference only, please consult your doctor for detail.