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Does Smoking Cause Low Back Pain ?

Posted Jun 02 2009 4:34pm

San Francisco Chiropractor and Chronic Back Pain Doctor Comments:  

It only makes sense that smoking, which causes vasoconstriction of the arteries and deprives tissues of life sustaining oxygen and nutrients would contribute to low back. At least to me it does. But, I have not seen a whole lot of research on it. So, I decided to do a search to see if I could find anything. The abstract of the research article I found is not new (2001). In fact I have read it many times. But, it is straight forward and to the point. And the study was done by the world renowned John Hopkins University. Anyway, I thought I would share it with you because as amazing as this may sound, there are still doctors out there who do not make the connection between smoking and back pain with their patients. Heck, if the only thing smokers with back pain did was to stop smoking their back would probably feel better. I know it's not easy to quit, but your back and the rest of your body would sure be glad if you did. It's never too late to quit.

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