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La Grande Back Pain and Vitamin D: What to Know

Years of research have recorded advantageous actions of the hormone, vitamin D, on the skeleton, metabolic issues, cancer, inflammation, auto-immunity, endocrinopathies, and now adrenal diseases, diabetes, thyroiditis, and others. (1) Vitamin D’s reputation continues growing! Researchers today 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 don’t always take the recommended amount of vitamin D, researchers found that even a slightly enhanced intake of vitamin D was linked to a lesser incidence of pain over 5 years plus to frequency of pain, severity, and number of pain locations. (3) What about vitamin D and La Grande back pain, a common problem that involves millions of people around the world? Lately, research has shown that there may be a connection between low levels of vitamin D and back pain. While the proof is still preliminary, it is important for our La Grande chiropractic patients and Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC to realize what this potential connection could mean in managing chronic back pain.


Vitamin D is an essential nutrient that helps your body absorb calcium from the food you eat. It also helps keep bones healthy and strong by preventing them from getting brittle or weak. Vitamin D can be absorbed from foods such as dairy products, fish, eggs, mushrooms, and some vegetables. Sunlight also provides natural sources of vitamin D—the ultraviolet rays convert cholesterol in the skin into vitamin D3 which is then absorbed into the bloodstream and stored in fat tissues. Even in winter in La Grande, sunlight helps!


Research suggests that those with decreased levels of vitamin D may be more likely 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 by comparing biomarkers at baseline to changes in patient-reported outcomes at three months’ follow-up. The results demonstrated that those who had lower levels of vitamin D were more likely to experience higher levels of disability related to their low back pain at 3 months than those who had higher levels of vitamin D at the start. (2) Do you know your La Grande 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 risk for chronic or recurrent episodes of back pain. (2) Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC suggests you listen to this podcast with Dr. James Cox on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he reviews 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 talk about your vitamin D level. Make your La Grande chiropractic appointment with Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC, your partner in spinal health. 

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