Minster Back Pain and Vitamin D: What to Know

Years of research have documented advantageous 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 continues growing! Researchers now are testing vitamin D’s effects on biomarkers like CRP, NPY, TNF-alpha, etc., after spinal manipulation and medical care. (2) In older adults who tend to not always take the recommended amount of vitamin D, researchers described that even a marginally increased intake of vitamin D was linked to a lesser incidence of pain over 5 years in addition to frequency of pain, severity, and number of pain locations. (3) What about vitamin D and Minster back pain, a common problem that influences millions of people around the world? Recently, research has shown that there may be a link between low levels of vitamin D and back pain. While the proof is still early, it’s vital for our Minster chiropractic patients and Minster Chiropractic Center to grasp what this possible connection could mean in managing chronic back pain.


Vitamin D is a crucial nutrient that assists your body absorb calcium from the food you eat. It also helps bones stay strong and healthy by preventing them from becoming 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 transform cholesterol in the skin into vitamin D3 which is then absorbed into the bloodstream and are deposited in fat tissues. Even in winter in Minster, sunlight does its job!


Research suggests that those with lower levels of vitamin D may be more prone to have chronic back pain than those with better levels of vitamin D. One study linked biomarkers (such as vitamin D) and pain in acute and subacute low back pain patients over time via comparison of biomarkers at baseline to differences in patient-reported results at three months’ follow-up. The results demonstrated that those who had decreased 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 higher levels of vitamin D at the start. (2) Do you know your Minster 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 adequate levels of the nutrient. This could indicate a link between low vitamin D level and increased risk for chronic or recurrent episodes of back pain. (2) Minster Chiropractic Center 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 adequate 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. Schedule your Minster chiropractic appointment with Minster Chiropractic Center, your collaborator in spinal health. 

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