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You finally had that back surgery, and you had high hopes it was going to fix your problem. But something’s still wrong. The problem lingers. You’re still in pain. It might even feel like you’re in more pain after the spine surgery. The surgery might seem like it’s only created a whole new host of problems.
Having problems after back surgery is extremely frustrating. When you decide to undergo surgery, you put all your hopes into it. Sometimes it simply doesn’t get the job done. Other times it creates more problems than it solves.
Everyone experiences discomfort after a surgery. It’s entirely natural, and while it’s unpleasant, it’s to be expected. As your body heals in the days and weeks after surgery, the pain should naturally lessen and eventually fade.
However, if you’re still having pain months or years later, this might be a sign something is not right. Pain is a tool your body uses to tell you there’s a problem. If your back is still giving you constant pain, it might be time to talk to your doctor and see if a second back surgery is the right option for you.
Smokers are more likely to develop chronic back pain than non-smokers. You might attribute this to some lifestyle issues. Smokers are generally not as healthy as non-smokers. Smoking reduces the immune system’s ability to defend the body against disease. Smokers get more colds and have more respiratory issues than non-smokers.
Beyond all of that, there are now some scientifically proven reasons why smoking causes chronic back pain:
- Smoking affects the areas of the brain that are involved in habit forming and addiction. The brain activity that is associated with resistance to chronic pain is stimulated by smoking. Smokers are more likely to develop chronic pain because their brain pathways to chronic pain are better connected.
- Blood flow to the discs in your spine is restricted by smoking. Those discs are meant to cushion the vertebrae, and they degenerate faster in smokers.
Smokers are prone to coughing, and that can cause back pain.
- Smoking blocks calcium absorption in the body, which slows bone growth and repair. Smokers are at a higher risk for osteoporosis and tiny fractures in the spine.
- Studies show that when people quit smoking, these health risks are reduced. In time, calcium absorption resumes, as does blood flow to the spinal discs. If you experience chronic back pain and you smoke, quitting may help resolve your pain.
Back pain is a common problem that can develop as we age. It is often difficult to understand the cause of the pain, but it can keep you from doing the things you enjoy. In many cases, back pain that restricts your movement can worsen over time and lead to other health issues.
For those suffering with neck or back pain who are not ready – or do not qualify – for surgery, OLSS is proud to offer a safe and effective solution for our patients that doesn’t involve surgery or a long recovery period – Stem Cell Therapy.
OLSS’s stem cell therapy is a revolutionary, non-surgical treatment option for various spine conditions, including bulging discs, herniated discs, disc tears, disc degeneration, a pinched nerve, spinal stenosis, radiculitis, spinal tingling and numbness, and general lower back pain.
An Interview With Dr. Scott Katzman: Minimally Invasive Spine Expert
Neck and back pain due to spinal disc conditions is an increasingly common issue that millions of people experience each year. To better serve our patients and to provide the best service possible at OLSS, we pride ourselves in being experts at solving disc-related issues. When it comes to minimally invasive solutions to treat pain, our Artificial Disc Replacement is one of our most successful and frequently performed procedures.