Smoking and Spinal Stenosis Back Pain

smoking and back pain spinal stenosis surgery risk

Smoking may halve your chances of success with spinal fusion surgery.

It is fairly clear, or should be, that smoking is not a sensible course of action for leading a healthy life. Those who smoke, or have ever smoked have a higher likelihood of developing back pain, with adolescents particularly at risk of lower back pain connected to smoking (Shiri, 2010). Smokers also have an increased risk of spine fracture, along with hip fracture (Vestergaard, 2003), with women increasing their risk of vertebral fracture by 13% and men by a massive 32% if they smoke (Ward, 2001). What’s more, smoking may prevent you from being offered surgery to help back pain, seriously hinder any recovery if you are given the opportunity for spinal stenosis surgery, and is even linked to increased risk of fatality after spinal surgery as it increase the risk of infections.



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Yoga Therapy for Spinal Stenosis

Yoga for Spinal Stenosis


Spinal stenosis can cause severe back and severe neck pain, both acute and chronic, and many rely on analgesic and anti-inflammatory medications to manage this pain. Stenosis is the most common reason for spine surgery in older adults, and the diagnosis of spinal stenosis is estimated to increase by 59% between now and 2025 in those over 65 years of age. Alternative treatments can be extremely effective however, and may remove or reduce the need for these medications. In addition, many alternative health care practices can prevent, or reduce the likelihood, of chronic degenerative illnesses such as spinal stenosis; yoga in particular, which is recommended by the American College of Physicians and the American Pain Society.

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