Published in Pain and Central Nervous System Week, March 24th, 2001
The results of a 53-year study, presented at the 68th annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, February 28 - March 4, 2001, support the hypothesis that problems in the lower back are caused by atherosclerotic occlusion of the blood vessels in that area. Smoking, hypertension, and high cholesterol are risk factors for atherosclerosis, or the formation of fatty plaques within the endothelium of arteries.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University studied 1,337 physicians who...
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