Effects of Vitamin D on Spinal Health

New research suggests there may be a link between the body’s vitamin D levels and spinal health. The majority of patients who were about the receive spinal-fusion surgery had alarmingly low levels of vitamin D in one study presented last week at the North American Spinal Society conference.The study was conducted the Washington University of St. Louis. Researchers tested 313 patients scheduled to receive spinal-fusion surgery. 57% of patients had inadequate vitamin D levels, enough to be considered a deficiency. This was especially concerning given that spinal-fusion surgery requires the body to create new bone, something that requires high amounts of vitamin D.The study also raised important questions about the role of vitamin D in potentially preventing spinal degeneration.

Vitamin D—aka, the sunshine vitamin—has been shown to help patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain. We get vitamin D from the sun when the sun’s rays hit your skin, your body becomes a vitamin D factory.Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium, so without enough vitamin D, you won’t get enough calcium. Without enough calcium, your bones can weaken, potentially leading to bone and joint pain, or musculoskeletal pain.This doesn’t mean that you can just go on a picnic on a sunny day and take a few vitamin D supplements—and surprise, your back pain is gone. Talk to Mr. Christian Farthing about how much vitamin D you should get every day and how you can get enough of it.

Despite the name, vitamin D is considered a pro-hormone and not actually a vitamin. This is because the body can produce its own vitamin D through the action of sunlight on the skin, while vitamins are nutrients that cannot be synthesized by the body and must be acquired through the diet or supplements.You won’t notice an immediate effect from vitamin D; give it time to build up in your body and treat the source of your pain. Taking vitamin D is a commitment, and you should also stay committed to your other treatment options, such as pain medications and physical therapy. A multi-disciplinary approach like that is generally more effective than trying just one treatment at a time.

Before resorting to the risk of surgery, consult Mr. Christian Farthing – a doctor of chiropractic, who can provide effective, conservative care that has proven results for curing many back-pain patients. He has also received nutritional training and can assist you on making the right vitamin choices for your unique health needs.