Smoking and Back Pain

Smoking is a known risk factor for back and disc pain that is so significant that some surgeons are refusing to  operate on workers’ compensation patients if they are smokers. This trend may very well be based on the results of a study published in the December 2012 issue of Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. The recent study found that smokers suffering from back pain reported greater discomfort than patients who stopped smoking during an eight-month period.

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