How low levels of Vitamin D effect joint pain
Researchers say that correcting low vitamin D levels can provide pain relief in patients with knee and hip pain. Research has also suggested that too little or too much vitamin D supplementation may offer limited results, so a physician knowledgeable in helping to correct joint pain is important.
Doctors say Vitamin D helps pain syndromes
In Italy, doctors found an association with low levels of vitamin D and various osteoarthritis pain syndromes. Especially when the hand and hip are involved.2
Patients with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) typically have widespread chronic pain and fatigue. For those with low vitamin D levels, vitamin D supplements can reduce pain and may be a cost-effective alternative or adjunct to other treatment.3
Vitamin D is an important component in musculoskeletal development, maintenance, and function. Adequate levels of vitamin D correlate with greater bone mineral density, lower rates of osteoporotic fractures, and improved neuromuscular function. 4
Recently in a study of 313 patients undergoing spinal fusion surgery, orthopaedic surgeons at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that more than half had inadequate levels of vitamin D, including one-fourth who were more severely deficient. 5
Recently, researchers in the medical journal Clinical Rheumatology noted that the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency among new patients attending rheumatology outpatient departments recorded that 70% of 231 patients had vitamin D deficiency, and 26% had severe deficiency.
Vitamin D deficiency in each diagnostic category was as follows:
(a) inflammatory joint diseases/connective tissue diseases (IJD/CTD), 69%;
(b) soft tissue rheumatism, 77%;
(c) osteoarthritis, 62%;
(d) non-specific musculoskeletal back pain, 75% and
(e) osteoporosis, 71%.4
There have been numerous studies out linking vitamin D deficiency as a risk factor for many rheumatologic conditions.
Pain is not a symptom that exists alone. At the Magaziner Center for Wellness, when treating a patient for chronic pain we look to strengthen the immune system and restore proper nutrition, this includes looking at your vitamin D levels. We also offer innovative and less invasive techniques for chronic pain as opposed to pain management with narcotics, anti-inflammatories, and surgery.6
This is part of our program for beating joint pain along with Prolotherapy, PRP, and Stem Cell therapies.
1. Moderate vitamin D deficiency is associated with changes in knee and hip pain in older adults: Laslett LL, et al. A 5-year longitudinal study Annals of Rheumatic Diseases, 03/27/2014 Clinical Article
2.Baggio G, et al. Serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D and Osteoarthritis in Older People: The Progetto Veneto Anziani Study. Serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D and Osteoarthritis in Older People: The Progetto Veneto Anziani Study.
3. Vitamin D Supplements Reduce Pain in Fibromyalgia Sufferers
4. doi: 10.5435/JAAOS-20-03-123 J Am Acad Orthop Surg March 2012 vol. 20 no. 3 123-129
5. Stoker GE, Buchowski JM, Bridwell KH, Lenke LG, Riew KD, Zebala LP, Vitamin D status of adults undergoing surgical spinal fusion. Presented Nov. 3 at the 26th Annual Meeting of the North American Spine Society in Chicago, Ill.
6. Haroon M, Bond U, Quillinan N, ET AL Clin Rheumatol. The prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in consecutive new patients seen over a 6-month period in general rheumatology clinics. 2011 Jun;30(6):789-94. Epub 2010 Dec 24.