Monday, January 28, 2013

Is Smoking Increasing Your Back Pain?

According to the findings published in the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, one of the best pain relief options for back pain patients is to quit smoking. Patients with back pain who quit smoking may experience a decrease in back pain, as well as an improved outcome from back surgery.

Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York reported that smoking is a “modifiable risk factor” for people suffering from chronic pain.  According to their study, “smokers have reported an increased magnitude of pain when compared with nonsmokers.” In addition, earlier research noted people that quit smoking had less pain after spinal surgery and returned to work sooner than people that did not quit smoking.

If you currently are a smoker and suffering from back pain, consider this: Comparing quitters with current smokers, those who quit smoking were twice as likely to report a decrease in their back pain and those who had never smoked had a significant decrease in the likelihood of claiming disability from their back pain compared to current smokers.

Of course, chiropractic has over 100 years of proven results in relieving back pain.  If you are suffering from back, neck or shoulder pain, don't hesitate to call and schedule a free consultation to see if our office can help.

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