How Cigarette Smoking Affects Low Back Pain

[fa icon="calendar"] Sep 10, 2019 7:00:00 AM / by Florida Pain Relief Centers

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Smoking and Low Back PainDid you know that studies show that smoking cigarettes can increase low back pain? This means that people who smoke are more likely to develop chronic back pain than non-smokers.

A great deal of research has been conducted to determine the connection between smoking and pain. Here are some of the more notable conclusions resulting from these studies:

  • Not only is smoking dangerous for your overall health, but it can cause constriction of the blood vessels, which decreases the flow of blood and increases pain!

    When blood flow is restricted to vertebral discs, the rate of degeneration is escalated and the loss of cushioning in the discs can lead to increased back pain.

  • Smoking can impact your bone density, leading to fractures and frailty.

    Because nicotine inhibits calcium absorption and prevents new bone growth, smokers have an increased risk for osteoporosis (brittle or fragile bones,) and bone fractures take longer to heal.

  • Smoking interferes with brain circuitry that is associated with pain. Because nicotine increases brain activity that inhibits resilience to pain, smokers are more sensitive to chronic back pain.

    Long-term smoking has been found to cause receptor desensitization, which creates a perception in smokers that a relatively small degree of pain is severe.

  • Smoking can lead to increased risk of osteoporosis and lumbar disc disease.

  • If you take opioids to manage your chronic low back pain, smoking can diminish the effectiveness or your prescription medications, which can lead to less effective pain relief and the risk for increased opioid use.

It is well-known that overall wellness is greatly benefited by quitting smoking. There are many helpful resources available to help you stop smoking; it’s never too late to try… or even try again!

Speak with your healthcare professional or visit for help.

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Topics: Back Pain, Low Back Pain, Florida Pain Relief