We have good and bad news for smokers.
The Bad News: knee pain and complications for treating knee pain are more items you can add to your list of reasons smoking is bad for you.
The Good News: less knee pain and better outcomes for knee pain treatment are among the many benefits you could experience by quitting smoking.
Smoking has been shown to cause increased pain in those suffering from osteoarthritis. We also know smoking causes complications in treatment of osteoarthritis, including knee replacement surgery.
So for your knee problems – and the rest of your health – make it a priority to stop smoking. (By the way, smoking is also related to similar problems with back, hip and other joints).