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McHenry Back Pain and Vitamin D: What to Know

Years of research have detailed beneficial activities 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 keeps growing! Researchers now are analyzing vitamin D’s effects 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 described that even a marginally 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 McHenry back pain, a familiar problem that influences millions of people around the world? Lately, research has shown that there may be a link between small levels of vitamin D and back pain. While the evidence is still preliminary, it’s important for our McHenry chiropractic patients and OrthoIllinois Chiropractic to realize what this potential connection could mean for those suffering from chronic back pain.


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 preventing them from getting brittle or weak. Vitamin D can be found in foods such as dairy products, fish, eggs, mushrooms, and some vegetables. Sunlight also offers natural sources of vitamin D—its 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 McHenry, sunlight does its job!


Research suggests that those with lower levels of vitamin D may be more prone to experience chronic back pain than those with better levels of vitamin D. One report linked biomarkers (such as vitamin D) and pain in acute and subacute low back pain patients over time by comparing biomarkers at baseline to changes in patient-reported outcomes at three months. The results showed that those who had lower levels of vitamin D were more likely to have higher levels of disability correlated with their low back pain at 3 months than those who had better levels of vitamin D at baseline. (2) What’s your McHenry 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 indicate a link between low vitamin D level and heightened odds for chronic or recurrent episodes of back pain. (2) OrthoIllinois Chiropractic 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 the management of a patient with 3 disc herniations via the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.

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Overall, there is evidence pointing to 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. Make your McHenry chiropractic appointment with OrthoIllinois Chiropractic, your collaborator in spinal health. 

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