Need another reason to stop smoking? 

A 2012 research study at the University of Rochester Medical Center revealed that patients experienced lower pain levels with spinal disorders if they stopped smoking during their course of care. The study focused on 5333 patients with axial or radicular pain from a spinal disorder.  The research study compared patients who smoked with patients who stopped smoking or never smoked. The results showed that patients who were current smokers reported significantly greater levels of pain over non-smokers. But, most importantly, patients who quit smoking during their treatment also reported a significant improvement their in pain levels. While the patients who continued to smoke throughout their care showed no clinically, significant improvement in their pain levels. This study supports the need for smoking cessation programs for patients with painful spinal disorders.The medical staff at Comprehensive Spine Care will continue to encourage our patients to stop smoking. This study confirms doing so is another way to experience less pain. Click here to read the published study.

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