Smoking Linked To Back Pain


back pain linked to smoking

Dr Dolphin suggests back pain linked to smoking

We all know that smoking is bad for you, but a doctor has actually found a connection with smoking linked to back pain. From the WQAD News, here is a recent article that highlights the impact smoking can have on lower back pain.  In particular, check out Dr Dolphin’s theory of what happens to cartilage as a result of smoking.


Read more on Dr Dolphin’s thoughts below (yep, that’s his real name).


If you have any opinions please feel free to make comments on Dr Dolphin’s views in the comments box below.



 Smoking Linked To Back Pain


Millions of people suffer from back pain.  Among the common culprits: poor support while sleeping, carrying too much weight, and smoking.


Steve Vandemore lives a relatively active lifestyle. He tries to hit the links 3-4 times per week.  Vandemore’s dedication is obvious when you watch his game.“I love playing golf, love being outside, I don’t know what I would do if I wouldn’t be able to do that,” he said.  His beloved habit nearly changed forever about nine months ago when he noticed his back was becoming weak and he experienced sharp pain.


“The pain has been deep very low in my back,” he said.


Since he was not ready to put the clubs away for good, he decided to visit Dr. Michael Dolphin.  Dr. Dolphin is a Spine Surgeon at the Mississippi Valley Surgery Center.


“We want to see a nice gentle curvature of the spine.  We’re also looking for robust space between vertebrae,” said Dr. Dolphin.“I do have an issue with one or two of my discs that might be slightly compressed,” Vandemore learned after a visit with Dr. Dolphin. “The most important thing that people can do to prevent back problems are maintain a healthy body weight, maintain an active lifestyle, and not smoking,” said Dr. Dolphin.


He said that smoking speeds up the deterioration of the cartilage in the discs in a person’s back.  It will cause the bones to weaken and trigger back pain. Vandemore’s back pain is not from smoking but likely from periods of time when he is not active.


“I think the most typical type of back pain I see associated with patients that have been inactive for quite a period of time (is) when they do try to get back into activities there’s an increase or flare in their lower back pain,” said Dr. Dolphin.


Vandemore received several therapy recommendations and now tries to stretch more often to reduce the strain on his back. “Sometimes the urge to get out there without proper stretching can be problematic for me,” said Vandemore.


With physical therapy and exercise, Vandemore is hoping to avoid needing surgery and he says he has Dr. Dolphin to thank for that.



Wow! – Smoking Linked To Back Pain – that’s a new one – but I guess you can link smoking to any ailment in your body if you really want to – the best thing is simply to not smoke. If Dr Dolphin says it it must be true!


It’s good to find new solutions for lower back pain that do not involve surgery. You can try exercises that strengthen your core and solidify the cage that surrounds your spine. As always though, it is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED to seek advice and help from professionals who are experts in the field of back pain.


One such expert is Jesse Cannone. He specializes in back conditioning and treatment, and has written a fantastic book about back pain relief called the 7 day back pain cure. It is full of wonderful ideas to help alleviate your back pain, and focuses on techniques for core strengthening exercises.


Over 100,000 people have read his book and it has helped many of these people get on the right path to back pain relief. You can get a free copy of his book by signing up on our website.




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