Years of research have documented advantageous activities of the hormone, vitamin D, on the skeleton, inflammation, cancer, metabolic issues, auto-immunity, endocrinopathies, and now adrenal diseases, diabetes, thyroiditis, and others. (1) Vitamin D’s reputation keeps getting better! Researchers today are analyzing vitamin D’s effects on biomarkers like CRP, NPY, TNF-alpha, etc., after spinal manipulation and medical care. (2) In older adults who don’t always take the recommended amount of vitamin D, researchers discovered that even a slightly increased intake of vitamin D was associated with a lesser incidence of pain over 5 years in addition to frequency of pain, severity, and number of pain locations. (3) What about vitamin D and Nashua back pain, a familiar problem that affects millions of people worldwide? Lately, research has revealed that there may be a link between low levels of vitamin D and back pain. While the proof is still early, it is vital for our Nashua chiropractic patients and Moriarty Chiropractic to grasp what this potential connection could mean for those suffering from chronic back pain.
WHAT IS VITAMIN D?
Vitamin D is a crucial nutrient that helps your body absorb calcium from the food you eat. It also helps bones stay strong and healthy by preventing them from becoming 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 transform cholesterol in the skin into vitamin D3 which is then absorbed into the bloodstream and are deposited in fat tissues. Even in winter in Nashua, 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 likely to experience chronic back pain than those with better levels of vitamin D. One report 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 differences in patient-reported results at three months. The results showed 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 3 months than those who had higher levels of vitamin D at the start. (2) Do you know your Nashua 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 adequate levels of the nutrient. This could suggest a relationship between low vitamin D level and heightened risk for chronic or recurrent episodes of back pain. (2) Moriarty Chiropractic suggests you listen to this podcast with Dr. James Cox on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he reviews the benefit of adequate nutrition in the management of a patient with 3 disc herniations via the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
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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 chat about your vitamin D level. Schedule your Nashua chiropractic appointment with Moriarty Chiropractic, your partner in spinal health.