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Smoking is a risk factor for back pain and disc disease

    Smoking is a known risk factor for back pain and disc disease. In a new study presented today at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), researchers reviewed smoking cessation rates and related pain in 6,779 patients undergoing treatment for spinal disorders with severe axial (spine) or radicular […]

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Smoking Risks Include Spine Pain

  Question: How Does Smoking Affect the Spine? Back pain is one of the many health risks of smoking. How exactly does exposure to nicotine damage the spinal structures? Answer: One way is that it affects blood vessels. Smoking may constrict and/or lead to the degeneration of arteries that supply the vertebrae with blood. According […]

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Link Discovered Between Smoking And Chronic Pain In Women

Kentucky women who smoke heavily may experience more chronic musculoskeletal pain, suggests a new study led by University of Kentucky researchers.More than 6,000 Kentucky women over the age of 18 were surveyed on their smoking habits and symptoms of chronic pain. Syndromes included in the analysis were fibromyalgia, sciatica, chronic neck pain, chronic back pain, […]

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