Quit Smoking Can Help Reduce Back Pain
A latest revelation makes it apparent that smoking cessation by patients before or during the treatment of back pain can help in alleviating pain. The “University of Rochester Medical Center” undertook a thorough study of over 5,300 patients undergoing treatment for spinal disorders and reached the conclusion that people who were addicted to cigarettes felt more pain than those who didn`t smoke or had quit smoking.
According to Caleb Behrend, M.D and chief resident of the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at “University of Rochester Medical Center” (URMC), as stop smoking prior to or during the treatment of back pain has shown a tremendous improvement in pain, it has become essential for patients suffering from back pain to opt for planned stop smoking programs.
Glenn R. Rechtine, a popular spinal surgeon who was working as an adjunct faculty at the URMC, headed the study and it was published in the “Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.”
The American Society of Anesthesiologists reveals that there is a conflicting association between back pain and smoking. Nicotine has pain relieving qualities and clinical trials have made it apparent that smokers are increasingly prone to suffer from back pain and other disorders associated with chronic pain.
Caleb Behrend from URMC states that the people who had successfully quit smoking, gained the significant benefit of pain reduction. He also adds that apart from the lessening of pain, these people are likely to get a couple of other quit smoking advantages.