Years of research have recorded 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 continues
getting better! Researchers today 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 don’t always take the recommended amount of vitamin D, researchers discovered
that even a slightly 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 Sandy Springs back pain, a common
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 evidence is still preliminary,
it’s vital for our Sandy Springs chiropractic
patients and Cross Chiropractic Center to realize 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 keeping 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 provides natural sources of vitamin D—its
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 Sandy Springs, sunlight is
HOW CAN VITAMIN D HELP WITH BACK PAIN?
Research suggests that those with decreased
levels of vitamin D may be more likely to have
chronic back pain than those with optimal levels of vitamin D. One
report examined the association between biomarkers
(such as vitamin D) and pain in acute and subacute low back pain patients over
time by comparing biomarkers at baseline to differences
in patient-reported results at three months.
The results showed that those who had lower
levels of vitamin D were more likely to experience higher levels of
disability related to their low back pain at follow-up
than those who had higher levels of vitamin D at baseline.
(2) Do you know your Sandy Springs 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 increased odds for chronic or recurrent bouts
of back pain. (2) Cross Chiropractic Center 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 managing
a patient with 3 disc herniations via the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain
CONTACT Cross Chiropractic Center
Overall, there is evidence pointing to a
link between a low Vitamin D level and an increased possibility for
chronic or recurrent episodes of back pain. Let’s talk
about your vitamin D level. Make your Sandy Springs
chiropractic appointment with Cross Chiropractic Center, your partner
in spinal health.