Pensacola Back Pain and Vitamin D: What to Know

Years of research have documented advantageous actions of the hormone, vitamin D, on the skeleton, inflammation, cancer, metabolic issues, auto-immunity, endocrinopathies, and now adrenal diseases, diabetes, thyroiditis, and more. (1) Vitamin D’s reputation keeps getting better! Researchers now are analyzing 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 found that even a slightly increased intake of vitamin D was linked to a lower incidence of pain over 5 years in addition to frequency of pain, severity, and number of pain locations. (3) What about vitamin D and Pensacola back pain, a familiar problem that influences millions of people worldwide? Lately, research has revealed that there may be a connection between small levels of vitamin D and back pain. While the evidence is still preliminary, it is vital for our Pensacola chiropractic patients and Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center to grasp what this potential connection could mean for those suffering from chronic back pain.


Vitamin D is an essential nutrient that helps your body absorb calcium from the food you eat. It also helps keep bones healthy and strong by keeping them from becoming brittle or weak. Vitamin D can be absorbed from 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 Pensacola, sunlight does its job!


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 study 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 outcomes at three months. The results demonstrated that those who had decreased levels of vitamin D were more likely to have higher levels of disability related to their low back pain at 3 months than those who had higher levels of vitamin D at baseline. (2) What’s your Pensacola 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 enhanced levels of the nutrient. This could indicate a relationship between low vitamin D level and heightened odds for chronic or recurrent episodes of back pain. (2) Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center 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 proper nutrition in managing 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 risk for chronic or recurrent episodes of back pain. Let’s chat about your vitamin D level. Schedule your Pensacola chiropractic appointment with Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center, your partner in spinal health. 

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