Cigarette Smoking Can Cause Chronic Back Pain
You’ve probably experienced back pain at some point in your life. Pretty much everyone has. If you smoke, did you know that smoking has something to do with your back pain?
Smoking Hurts Your Back
Smoking cigarettes has a direct effect on many aspects of your health. Back pain is just one of them.
How does smoking affect your back pain? Cigarette smoke contains toxic chemicals that affect your joints and cause pain. This causes chronic back pain. Pain that doesn’t go away with rest and some Tylenol.
Drugs for Relief?
Chronic back pain can cause you to take painkillers to control the pain. These prescription drugs have negative side effects such as the change of developing an addiction. Also, only 58% patients on prescription painkillers report getting the relief they desire.
Reduced Ability to Heal
Smoking impairs your ability to heal. Every time you move, you damage your spine a bit. Your body is constantly repairing this damage naturally. When you smoke, your body’s ability to produce the materials necessary for repair is reduced.
You Can Fix It
Your back pain damage is not permanent, even if you’ve smoked for years.
First, you must quit smoking if you want to eliminate your chronic back pain.
Next, you’ll want to see a chiropractor who can help you with manipulations, exercises, and a healthy diet plan. You will soon feel better, move better, and have a healthier life!