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Posted on 10-17-2016
If you see a medical professional for back pain complaints, don't be surprised if they want to perform a blood test to determine your level of vitamin D. Although studies so far have not proven definitive, there seems to be some correlation between vitamin D levels and spinal health.
According to WebMD, a study published in Minneapolis showed that out of 150 patients who came in complaining of chronic pain, 93% had extremely low levels of vitamin D. Generally, those in northern climates struggle to obtain normal levels of vitamin D due to living in an environment which does not receive as much sunshine as southern climates. Vitamin D is normally produced by the body when skin undergoes exposure to the sun's rays.
Our bodies need vitamin D in order to properly to absorb calcium. If calcium is not absorbed, skeletal structures weaken, which in turn puts more pressure on muscles and adjacent tissues such as ligaments and tendons to provide proper support for the body. The increased pressure on tissues carrying an additional load results in pain. Over time, these tissues can also pull bones and joints out of alignment.
If you are concerned you might be lacking in vitamin D, have your blood tested to determine whether or not your vitamin D levels are normal. If they are significantly low, prescription strength vitamin D is available and can help restore your vitamin D blood levels back to normal. It is possible that restoring normal vitamin D levels can reduce or even eliminate your spinal pain. For more information on vitamin D and what it can do for your spinal health, please contact us.
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