Smoking has many harmful effects such as nicotine addiction, increased risk of cancer, higher risk of hardening of the arteries, heart disease, and decreased life expectancy. It also takes a toll on many systems in the body. The respiratory system experiences decreased lung function and increased mucous production, which leads to coughing and possible infections. For the circulatory system, smoking slows circulation and narrows blood vessels, which affects the digestive tract by hindering the absorption of nutrients.
All of this may seem like it has nothing to do with lower back pain, but in fact, smoking is connected with back pain.
The bone is a living tissue quite dependent on the rest of the body’s systems to provide the nutrients that it needs to remain healthy. When nutrients are lacking, the spine suffers.
Smokers have less physical activity and endurance than nonsmokers, which prohibits the benefits from exercise.
When the spine is unhealthy because of smoking, patients can experience stiffness and longer recovery times.
At Gulf Coast Pain Institute in Pensacola a comprehensive health assessment program can optimize your diet and nutrition in conjunction with a well defined exercise program to help quit smoking.
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