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Swedish research reveals


The risk of pain in the lower part of the spine makes smoking bigger, and these are the pains that should be remedied through the operation. This is a new Swedish study.

Scientists have focused attention on the common cause of pain in the lower part of the spine known as lumbar spinal stenosis. It occurs when the vertebral canal narrows and thus increases the pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. This condition often develops by aging itself.

It is believed, however, that nicotine compromises the flow of blood by inducing inflammatory changes and thus contributing to such a process, the authors of the study claim.

Scientists have studied the data of as many as 331,941 construction workers who were in the health record by professions in Sweden. Workers were thus followed for more than 30 years on average and at the very beginning of their research were on average in their 30s. Throughout the study period, 1623 had an operative spinal cord operation just because of lumbar spinal stenosis.

When compared to people who have never smoked, heavy smokers who smoke at least 15 cigarettes a day have had as much as 46 percent more appearance for operative stomach ache, the study said. Moderate smokers (who smoked up to 14 cigarettes a day) had 31 percent higher risk, and former smokers had 13 percent higher risk for surgical interventions.

It seems that smoking is a visible risk factor for developing a narrowing of the spine in the lower back, which can lead to surgery, says Dr. Arkan Sayed-Noor, a UMA scientist. "Smoking cessation can reduce the risk," said Sayed-Noor.

Earlier studies have already shown that spinal surgery results are worse in smokers.

Smoking destroys the spine in several different ways, writes scientists in a paper published in the Journal Spine Journal . Nicotine can damage the back of the tissue, then weaken the bones and worsen the pain in the lower back.

Heavy smokers often live in a sedentary lifestyle that leads to weakening of the muscles and increasing the lower back load. Scientists say that most of the subjects in the study were men, so the results for women may differ.

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