• The Smoking Spine

    The Smoking Spine

    By Ashley Gilchrist, M.P.H., P.A.-C.

    Tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of death, disease, and disability in the United States1 and remains a significant public health concern. Roughly one in five American adults are currently […]

The bottom line: we know that smoking causes heart disease, lung disease, vascular disease, and cancer.  In addition, smoking has now been linked to increased perception of pain and spinal problems.  Smoking:

  • Accelerates the process of disc degeneration.

  • Increases the perception of pain among those who undergo treatment.

  • Increases use of narcotics for pain control.

  • Decreases satisfaction with non-operative and operative treatments.

  • Decreases overall surgical success rate when all other factors are equal.

Ask your doctor for resources to help you stop smoking.