Smoking and the musculoskeletal system:
Smoking can take a significant toll on the musculoskeletal system. Tobacco and nicotine increase the risk of bone fractures and interfere with the healing process, according to a growing body of research. Nicotine can slow fracture healing, estrogen effectiveness, and can counter the antioxidant properties of vitamins C and E. At a 2002 meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, research on the topic of smoking and its effect on the musculoskeletal system was reviewed. Some of the orthopedic problems caused by smoking include:
However, quitting smoking seems to improve the healing process in most cases, except for long-term, heavy smokers who have permanent artery damage, according to the researchers. Those with permanent artery damage due to smoking may not heal easily when a peripheral part of the body is involved, since blood supply may be poor there.
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Tennis elbow is one of the most common tennis injuries. Dr. Jon Hyman on Housecall with a few ideas to stay safe.
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Fox 5 Atlanta's Housecall series with Dr. Jon Hyman discussing options for hip arthroscopy
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