Years of research have documented beneficial
actions of the hormone, vitamin D, on the skeleton, metabolic issues, cancer, inflammation,
auto-immunity, endocrinopathies, and now adrenal diseases, diabetes,
thyroiditis, and more. (1) Vitamin D’s reputation keeps
getting better! Researchers now are evaluating
vitamin D’s impacts on biomarkers like CRP, NPY, TNF-alpha, etc.,
after spinal manipulation and medical care. (2) In older adults who tend
to not always take the recommended amount of vitamin D, researchers found
that even a marginally enhanced intake of
vitamin D was associated with a lower incidence of
pain over 5 years plus to frequency of pain, severity, and
number of pain locations. (3) What about vitamin D and Tonawanda back pain, a familiar
problem that influences millions of people around the
world? Recently, research has revealed
that there may be a link between small levels of
vitamin D and back pain. While the proof is still preliminary,
it is important for our Tonawanda chiropractic
patients and Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation to grasp what this possible
connection could mean for those suffering from chronic back pain.
WHAT IS VITAMIN D?
Vitamin D is an essential nutrient that assists
your body absorb calcium from the food you eat. It also helps keep bones healthy
and strong by preventing them
from getting brittle or weak. Vitamin D can be found
in foods such as dairy products, fish, eggs, mushrooms, and some
vegetables. Sunlight also offers natural sources of vitamin D—the
ultraviolet rays convert cholesterol in the skin into vitamin
D3 which is then absorbed into the bloodstream and are deposited
in fat tissues. Even in winter in Tonawanda, sunlight does its job!
HOW CAN VITAMIN D HELP WITH BACK PAIN?
Research suggests that those with lower
levels of vitamin D may be more prone to experience
chronic back pain than those with optimal levels of vitamin D. One
study linked biomarkers
(such as vitamin D) and pain in acute and subacute low back pain patients over
time via comparison of biomarkers at baseline to changes
in patient-reported results at three months’ follow-up.
The results demonstrated that those who had decreased
levels of vitamin D were more likely to experience higher levels of
disability correlated with their low back pain at follow-up
than those who had better levels of vitamin D at baseline.
(2) What’s your Tonawanda vitamin D level?
CHECK YOUR VITAMIN D LEVEL
Researchers have found that those with lower levels of
Vitamin D tend to report more frequent episodes of back pain than their
counterparts with better levels of the nutrient. This
could suggest a relationship between low vitamin D
level and heightened risk for chronic or recurrent bouts
of back pain. (2) Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation suggests you listen to this podcast with Dr.
James Cox on The Back
Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he discusses the
benefit of proper nutrition in the management of
a patient with 3 disc herniations via the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain
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Overall, there is evidence suggesting a
link between a low Vitamin D level and an increased possibility for
chronic or recurrent episodes of back pain. Let us talk
about your vitamin D level. Schedule your Tonawanda
chiropractic appointment with Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation, your partner
in spinal health.