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Can Lifting Heavy Objects Really Cause a Hernia?

How can lifting heavy objects lead to a hernia?


A hernia occurs when part of your organs or internal tissue protrudes through a fragile muscle into a place where it’s not meant to be.


The inside of the stomach is naturally pressurized and it is this pressure that stabilizes the spine.  It is important for the pressure to stay at normal levels to avoid the development of problems.  Lifting heavy objects increases the abdominal pressure which has an impact on the stomach lining. 


The way you also pick up the object for example squatting before lifting the heavy object also affects internal abdominal pressure.  Every time your internal abdominal pressure increases, the more your abdominal muscles become stressed and over time, tiny tears form in the muscles and the surrounding tissues. 


People like weightlifters and construction workers are at high risk of developing a hernia from lifting heavy objects as they perform their duties.

Weight lifting and hiatal hernia


There are several types of hernia and a hiatal hernia is one of them. A hiatal hernia occurs when the stomach protrudes into the chest through an opening called hiatus in the diaphragm caused by weak muscles. 


There are two types of hiatal hernias i.e. sliding and paraesophageal. A sliding hiatal hernia occurs when a section of your lower oesophagus and stomach slides up your chest, it is the most common hiatal hernia.  A paraesophageal hiatal hernia occurs when a section of your stomach pushes through the hiatus and gets closer to the oesophagus. It is a dangerous hernia since the stomach can lose its blood supply.

Weight lifting hernia symptoms


In most cases, most people with a hiatal hernia don’t notice any symptoms and when they do, they are as follows:


●        Chest pain which can be severe at times

●        Bloating

●        Gastroesophageal reflux disease which causes heartburn

●        Bad taste in the mouth

●        Trouble swallowing

●        The upset stomach leads to vomiting

●        Inability to poop or pass gas



The treatment of a hiatal hernia is only necessary in cases where there are severe symptoms.  The doctor might recommend medications or surgery.  If you’re experiencing heartburn and acid reflux, you will be required to take antacids to neutralize stomach acid, medication to reduce acid production and medications that block acid production and allow the oesophagus to heal. 


For Long Island residents who might not benefit from medication, then a hernia surgery at Huntington Station can be conducted. Clarity Surgical’s surgeons perform hiatal hernia repair surgery at Huntington Station, which involves the pulling of the stomach back into the abdomen and reducing the size of the diaphragm opening smaller.