Fort Wayne Chiropractic and Vitamin Ds Role in Back Pain 06/09/2015Vitamin D has its receptors in everything! Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc outlines the overabundance of papers about vitamin D today. It’s good, notably if it gets the word out that all of us Fort Wayne folk need to examine and likely raise our vitamin d levels. But for this Fort Wayne chiropractic clinic, articles about vitamin D and back pain are exhilarating! Discover how vitamin D affects back pain. To step back a bit to make this tie in, Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc wants to point out that vitamin D receptors have been found in spinal nerve roots, the spinal cord, the dorsal root ganglia and glial cells. They’re everywhere in the spine! Researchers have even documented that vitamin D metabolites are in the nucleus pulposus and annulus fibrosus cells of the intervertebral disc. Vitamin D is a neurosteroid and influences immune and inflammatory processes like lumbar disc herniation. (1) Isn’t this exciting?! Further, intervertebral disc degeneration is a common cause of lower back pain. In back pain for which there is no known cause, researchers do tests for factors like vitamin D, glucose, calcium, etc. In one study, the low back pain patients’ vitamin D levels were significantly lower. (2) Genetic and environmental factors influence it as well with environmental factors complicating already existing genetic factors. Vitamin D receptors are one of many genetic differences from person to person that play a role in disc degeneration. (3) But look at it this way, Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc can be a positive environmental factor in dealing with disc degeneration with our Fort Wayne chiropractic care approach involving gentle spinal manipulation in the form of Cox Technic, gentle exercise, and nutrition including vitamin D. So now how can vitamin D’s presence be optimized to relieve Fort Wayne back pain in our patients? Up its presence! In a placebo comparison study, patients with musculoskeletal pain taking 4000 IU of vitamin D daily fare better. Their pain scores declined faster as did levels of inflammatory and pain-related cytokines (tumor necrosis factor alpha by 54.3% and prostaglandin E2 by 39.2%). (4) This approach seems pretty simple, doesn’t it? Contact Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc today, and bring your lower back pain to the office. The Fort Wayne chiropractic care at Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc is ready to positively impact all your vitamin D receptors!« View All Nutrition Articles"This information and website content is not intended to diagnose, guarantee results, or recommend specific treatment or activity. It is designed to educate and inform only. Please consult your physician for a thorough examination leading to a diagnosis and well-planned treatment strategy. See more details on the DISCLAIMER page. Content is reviewed by Dr. James M. Cox I."