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Back Pain Worsened By Smoking

After years of the media, schools, and other outlets expressing the dangers of smoking, most people would suggest that tobacco causes cancer and respiratory illnesses. Unfortunately, there is a large percentage of the population still unaware of how cigarettes impact back health.

It has long been known that tobacco use can increase the likelihood of back pain and disc disease. However, more recent research is even suggesting that the habit of smoking decreases the likelihood that a back pain patient will find relief.

Nearly every adult living in this country will see a medical professional regarding back pain at some point during his or her life. However, not all will suffer with that pain chronically. Those that light up each day are more likely to suffer long term. That also means the need for treatment continues. Unfortunately, for those entering programs as smokers, the chances of finding a method of alleviating the pain are much smaller.

More than five thousand patients were followed in the study that led to these findings. All had been diagnosed with back or leg pain due to a spinal disorder and would be treated via surgical and non-surgical methods over an eight month period. Those that had never started or who had managed to kick their tobacco habits reported less pain then those still toting packs of cigarettes.

There is actually good news to be found in this study if you are a smoker and back pain sufferer. Even those patients who quit the habit during the eight month span reported better levels of improvement than those who didn’t.

Quit now, and you could finally find relief from your chronic pain. For additional help treating chronic back pain, visit our website or call our clinic to schedule an appointment.

For more information about the study, continue reading here.


Researchers Link Smoking to Chronic Pain in Women

Before you pick up that next cigarette, you might want to stop and consider how it is affecting your pain flares. A team of researchers from Kentucky University have found proof that musculoskeletal pain may be made worse in women when smoking.

There were more than six thousand participants in the survey, which questioned individuals smoking habits and about chronic pain. The participants were asked to report if they suffered from fibromyalgia, sciatica, chronic neck pain, chronic back pain, joint pain, chronic headaches, nerve problems, or unexplained pain all over the body.

The findings demonstrated that smokers were at a much greater risk of the pain related conditions. Even those who had made the decision to quit the habit, were more likely than non-smokers to report at least one of the above mentioned health issues. Those who were occasional smokers saw a sixty-eight percent increased likelihood and daily smokers were more than twice as likely as non-smokers to suffer from chronic pain. These findings were substantial, pointing to the fact that smoking was more of a determining factor that age. Click here to learn more about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle when managing chronic pain.

Researchers are not entirely sure why the connection is as strong as it is. Some suspect that the toxins in cigarettes are to blame for some of the pain and suffering, while others suggest that the smoking might be a coping mechanism. More studies will be needed to reach a conclusion.

For now, the evidence should be strong enough for some pain sufferers to re-evaluate their decision to light up.

To read more about the research, visit http://www.sciencedaily.com