The Smoking Spine: Nicotine's Ability to Cause and Worsen Back Pain

The Smoking Spine: Nicotine’s Ability to Cause and Worsen Back Pain

20 percent of American adults are cigarette smokers. Of these individuals, about 80 percent smoke daily. Cigarette smoke has been found to contain over 4,700 chemical substances with the most notable being nicotine. Nicotine in cigarettes, e-cigarettes, vapes, oral tobacco and even nicotine patches all contain carcinogenic substances such as hydrocarbons and tobacco-specific nitrosamines (TSNA).…

Will Stem Cells Fix My Back Pain?

Low back and leg pain is very common. It has many causes including arthritic and degenerating discs and joints in the spine which compress the nerves. The cause and standard treatment strategies have been well studied over many decades. Spine surgeons and other treatment providers are now confident in the traditional therapy, injections and even…

What is Spinal Cord Stimulation?

If you suffer from chronic back or neck pain that has not been relieved by surgery or other therapies, spinal cord stimulation may be another option. Also known as neurostimulation, or SCS, this non-drug therapy modifies or blocks nerve activity to relieve pain. Here’s what you need to know about spinal cord stimulation, courtesy of…

What is Revision Spine Surgery?

Having spine surgery does not guarantee that your neck or back problems are gone for good. In some cases, pain and other symptoms can continue. This can mean that the initial procedure was not successful, or it could indicate that you have a recurring condition. Understanding your options if you have continued pain can help…