Smoking known for its negative health effects may now actually provide a positive one
Smoking has always been noted for negative health effects including ending one’s life prematurely now a new added twist has been added to the mix, smoking is good at least for knees and hips.
A new study now shows that smoking may actually reduce the need for joint replacement surgery in men. Strange but true as the study discovered among nearly 11,000 older men in Australia, the longer they had smoked the less of a chance the men needed to have surgery for knee or hip replacements damaged by arthritis or other conditions.
Of the men who had smoked for 48 years or more (a good portion of their adult lives) had A 42 to 51% less chance (dependent on age) to require surgeries in comparison to men who have never smoked according to the study.
There have been past studies which have hinted towards a similar association however, this is the very first study which shows a definite association between the number of years of smoking and the possibility of joint replacement surgery according to George Mnatzagani, head researcher and Ph.D. candidate in public health at the university.
The researchers who have conducted this study can not totally explain these results. Obesity and normal vigorous exercise increase the risk of arthritis and usually is less common among persons who smoke, but the association between smoking and joint replacement still remain even after researchers had taken those factors into consideration.
Nicotine may just have a part in this. Laboratory experiments using animals and human tissue have speculated that nicotine could stimulate the activity of cells located in the joint cartilage which just may aide in lessening the severity of osteoarthritis according to the study notes.
Mr. Mnatzagani comments what researchers would like to see is more research by laboratory and clinical scientists, so they can analyze the exact mechanisms by which smoking gives protection on weight bearing joints. If it should led to developing new preventive or treatment plans then in time we may reasonably expect to witness a decrease in the need of joint replacement. Mr. Mnatzagani notes that smoking is not the answer to joint health. That whatever new or prevent treatments could be developed in the future they will not include smoking.
Over 27 million Americans are affected with osteoarthritis. Most conventional treatments dictate medications from the common pain relievers of Motrin to Advil to prescription narcotics of Codeine and Vicodin. Leaving some Americans to seek out alternative therapies which are drug free.
Chiropractic care can produce positive results for those suffering from osteoarthritis. Chiropractors provide numerous benefits which include restoring normal joint alignment, decreasing further wear and tear by slowing down the degenerative process. They aide in decreasing pain and inflammation in the joints. Chiropractic adjustments increase movement of the joints and improve joint stiffness and lack of motion.
Within the last twenty years acupuncture has been demonstrated in clinical trials to reduce pain and inflammation along with improving functioning for those suffering knee and hip osteoarthritis.
Practitioners in or around Detroit:
A & L Chiropractic Center
24281 Middlebelt Road
150 West Congress Street
Detroit Community Acupuncture
4100 Woodward Avenue
Acupuncture & Herb Miracle
23700 Orchard Lake Road Suite K