Back pain is declared one of the common reasons for missing work among Americans because 80% of the American population suffers from back pain at some point during their life. It is estimated that almost 50 billion dollars are spent annually on its treatment and medication.
However, in acute cases, some conventional practices and domestic treatment can be helpful too. Few herbal pastes, heat, ice, little but consistent walking and other routine activities (not involving heavy exercises) can serve the purpose.
Recently, a study published in Pain Physician suggests that an adequate supplementation of vitamin D can also help to reduce and relieve chronic lower back pain.
The researchers asked about 68 adults to participate in the study. All of them had been suffering from lower back pain for around 3 months and were already tired of therapies and medicines.
For the experimentation, first of all, the level of vitamin D was calculated for each individual. It was found to be 12.8 ng/ml, on average. However, the normal range of Vitamin D’s concentration which is required for optimal growth was around 40 ng/ml.
The study continued for eight weeks, the participants were given 60,000 IU of vitamin D three times a week. This increased their average levels to 36.07 ng/ml. A pain visual analog scale was used to measure the level of pain and disability among the subjects before, during, and at the end of the study.
The results revealed that higher doses of vitamin D, given to the participants, notably decreased their pain and disability levels. Dr. Babita Ghai, M.D., D.N.B, lead author of the study declared their findings to be a reasonable justification for recommending vitamin D as a dietary supplement as well as a therapeutic medication to relieve their musculoskeletal pain.
She further added an explanation to the natural, anatomical, hormonal, neurological and immunological influences that vitamin D has on the paining area. She encouraged people to search and further their knowledge regarding the correlation between vitamin D and lower back pain.
Mayo Clinic also carried out a study to investigate the association of musculoskeletal pain with vitamin D deficiency. 150 patients suffering from musculoskeletal pain were subjected to the study and all were aged between 10 and 65 years old.
93 percent of the volunteers were declared to be deficient in vitamin D levels. These back to back studies revealed that musculoskeletal pain is attributed to vitamin D deficiency. Moreover, supplementing the body with the respective vitamin would alleviate the suffering.
A research, conducted in 2015, also illuminated the beneficial role of Vitamin D for the patients with lower back pain.
It involved 328 Indian patients and found out that they are not only suffering from lower back pain but were also deficient of vitamin D. 66% of the men and 58% of the women out of the population had vitamin D levels below 20 ng/ml. This served as a clear indication of vitamin D deficiency which hinted at the correlation between vitamin D levels and chronic lower back pain. The nutrient was found to be important for bone metabolism and neuromuscular function.
Often getting sick, always feeling tired or over-fatigued, experiencing bone and back pain, going through depression, slow healing of wounds, bone loss, hair loss, and muscle pain are common signs that your body lacks vitamin D.
This deficiency can be fixed by following means,
- Increase your exposure to Sun
- Take a dietary supplement of Vitamin D.
- Eat vitamin D rich foods like fish meat, orange juices, cheese, cereals, and egg yolks etc.