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May weight lifting cause a hiatal hernia?

Patient: Hello can bench lifting cause a hitial hernia? (weight) My son is 15 years old.. Today he had a Endoscopy.. DR states he has hitial hernia. He goes to gym and benches weights.. Thank you


Doctor: The swallowing tube (esophagus) passes into the stomach through the esophageal hiatus (the opening in the muscle wall be low the lungs (the diaphragm). A hiatal hernia occurs when the upper part of your stomach bulges up through the hiatus into your chest cavity. Most hiatal hernias don’t cause problems or require treatment. But a large hiatal hernia can cause food and stomach acid to back up into your esophagus (acid reflux), leading to heartburn and chest pain. The possible causes are: injury to the area, being born with a large hiatus, persistent and intense pressure on the surrounding muscles, such as coughing, vomiting, and straining during the bowel movements or lifting heavy objects.


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Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

Dr. Suneel Sharman completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Toronto. He currently operates Infinity Health Centre, a walk-in-clinic in downtown Toronto.

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