The Relationship Between Back Pain and Smoking
The health risks of smoking have been widely known for years. However, one of the risks often overlooked is the impact smoking has on a person’s spine health. Smoking can decrease your blood supply throughout your body, make your bones weaker, indirectly put excessive pressure on the discs in your back and even make your present back pain feel more intense. While smoking may not be a direct cause of back pain, it is definitely a contributing factor for it. We’ve taken a closer look at exactly how and why smoking and back pain are associated with each other.
How Smoking Impacts Spinal Discs
Most professional medical services agree smoking causes spinal discs to degenerate at a more rapid pace. In addition to that, smoking typically leads to coughing, which puts a sudden increase of pressure on spinal discs as well. Smoking can also reduce the amount of oxygen and other important nutrients that help keep discs strong. When these discs begin to weaken, back pain is inevitable and is sometimes difficult to alleviate with continued smoking habits.
Smoking Can Decrease Blood Supply
Your body needs the proper nutrients and oxygen in order to remain strong and healthy. This is especially true for your spine health. One side effect of smoking is the constriction of the arteries, which makes it difficult for the body to get the proper nutrients to remain strong. Everyone’s body is different when it comes to how much they can smoke without feeling these side effects. However, the chances of experiencing back pain at some point are very high for continuous smokers.
Best Practices For Decreasing Back Pain Intensity
While smoking can lead to back pain, it’s often not the only reason why people experience it. If you already have poor spine health and still continue to smoke, the intensity of your back pain will likely be higher than people who don’t smoke, with all else being equal. Research by professional medical services indicates when a person stops smoking, there’s a good chance their back pain intensity will decrease as well. This doesn’t mean the pain will subside overnight, but you should slowly start to notice more comfort in your back over time.
DBC Active Spine Care® treats patients with spine health issues of all levels. Our spine care practices are designed to not only help you cope with back pain, but also prevent the pain from occurring in the future. The secret is in our revolutionary spine adaptive functional restoration program. Through our extensive research and experience, we’ve been able to create a 90% positive outcome with our more than 150,000 patients worldwide. We are here to help you be free of back pain, so contact us at any time to see how we can help.