Health Tip: Smoking Can Lead to Bone Injury

(HealthDay News) -- Most people know that smoking is bad for your lungs and heart, but experts say it also may take a toll on your bones and muscles.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says smoking:

  • Raises the risk of developing osteoarthritis.
  • Makes your bones and muscles more vulnerable to injury and disease.
  • Increases healing time from fractures.
  • Increases the risk of complications after surgery.
  • May increase the risk of bone fractures.

-- Diana Kohnle

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