If you’re reading this article, you’re probably choosing to do a lot of research on the topic of chiropractic care, in the hopes of finding a solution to some ailment that has been affecting you. While you have probably found yourself nodding in agreement to more than one explanation about the correlation between spinal health and overall life satisfaction, you may be a bit confused and left wondering how exactly you can check the overall health of your spine. You may be asking yourself if there are certain warning signs that your spinal column needs to receive better care, or at least if there are certain things you can do and steps you can take to improve the health of your spine.
Levels Of Vitamin D In The Body, And The Health Of The Spinal Column
Scientific studies are beginning to show that there may very well be a link between the body’s vitamin D levels and the overall health of the spinal column in that body. The research was spurred by the illuminating finding that the vast majority of patients who were about to undergo spinal-fusion surgery almost all had incredibly and alarmingly low levels of vitamin D in their bodies. The correlation and rate of frequency in which this occurred was too substantial to be ignored, and it warranted further research.
It may surprise you to learn that vitamin D deficiencies are all too common in this day and age, regardless of the rest of a person’s overall medical health and well-being. What is concerning for patients with spinal issues is that the aftermath of a spinal-fusion surgery requires the creation of new bone in the body. This is an organic task that requires, if not outright demands, high levels and amounts of vitamin D to be present in the body during this time.
These findings have led many doctors, doctors of chiropractic, and other healthcare professionals to actively recommend patients who are eligible for back surgery to be checked for low levels of vitamin D first. If the patient has a history of smoking, diabetes, or obesity, this screening is even more highly recommended. The role of vitamin D in spinal strength and health can no longer be disputed. In fact, the level of vitamin D present in one’s body is now being considered a major contributing factor in potentially preventing spinal degeneration. If you experience back pain, you may just benefit from adding a vitamin D supplement into your daily routine.
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