Smoking can have severe negative impacts on your spine and overall health. Here are some of the ways smoking can negatively impact your spine:
- Increased risk of back pain: The substances in tobacco can damage your spinal discs which can cause pain.
- Degenerative disc disease: Smoking for a long time can lead to the degeneration and rupture of spinal discs. Degenerative disc disease can impact the stability and function of the spine.
- Poor surgical outcomes: Studies and research have shown that smokers tend to have poorer surgical outcomes compared to non-smokers. Smokers tend to have higher rates of complications and longer recovery times than non-smokers.